'''Manga and ''Brotherhood'''''

!! [[GeniusBruiser Edward]] [[GuileHero Elric]]
* He uses '''Scar's''' destruction technique to defeat the Slicer Brothers.
** And learns to cancel it during his second fight with him. Lampshaded in Brotherhood's second opening.
* Ed sorts out things with Al after Al has a HeroicBSOD by kicking his ass in a fight and then reminiscing about their childhood to knock Al out of the BSOD.
* He figures out how Greed's "Ultimate Shield" works -- then '''[[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/just-stay-down.html he breaks it]]'''.
** He does it in the first anime, too.
* He manages to find a way out of Gluttony's stomach -- which exists as '''an entire dimension unto itself'''.
** In that episode of the dub, Ed says, "I'm sorry, but I have to use you" before he opens the Gate. Later on, Hohenheim says the same line before [[spoiler:he uses the souls of Xerxes to create a transmutation circle that protects all of the souls in Amestris.]] His father's son ''indeed.''
* He defeats Darius and Heinkel with dynamite -- by transmuting the ammonium out of the nitroglycerin to overwhelm their heightened senses.
* "I'm back and revving at full-throttle!" [[RefugeInAudacity Then he transmutes a car into a more "badass" car to avoid detection by the military]].
* He figures out how to render Pride powerless -- turn out the lights -- and blocks Pride's attacks after the lights come back on using '''Greed's''' Ultimate Shield technique on his automail.
* He [[spoiler:verbally rips Envy apart by reading the Homunculus' motives perfectly; when Envy realizes the irony of his '''entire existence''', he destroys his own Philosopher's Stone. Ed never has to lift a finger to do it, either -- he merely talks Envy into suicide.]]
* In ''Brotherhood'', Ed manages to one-up the manga at the end of Episode 26. During the scene where he travels back from Gluttony's stomach, he sees Al's body as he gets dragged back through the Gate of Truth. Moments after it closes, he '''[[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/wait-for-me.html punches the Gate open]]''' and promises Al that he will come back soon. The manga has the same scene and the same lines, but it doesn't have Ed punching the Gate.
** The idea that The Truth disguised himself as Al makes the scene a bit depressing, but it also makes The Truth's response downright fascinating. You could say it ruins the feeling that Ed talked to his brother, but the look of shock on "Al's" face when Ed bursts through the Gate of Truth makes it all the more ''awesome''. The Truth can't believe what it's seeing. Many people probably saw Al looking down with a smile, assured Ed would eventually come back for him -- but under this interpretation, it almost looks as if The Truth thinks, "You know what, Alchemist? ... I don't even doubt it." [[spoiler:Ed eventually keeps his word; see below for the details.]]
* When [[spoiler:Pride]] taunts Ed that he's never faced a shorter opponent before, Ed quickly gets the upper hand and yells, "''[[TheNapoleon I]] KNOW '''EXACTLY''' HOW SHORT PEOPLE FIGHT!''"
* When [[spoiler:Kimblee blows up the ground to escape from a fight in Episode 41, Ed falls through to a mine and wakes up impaled with a metal pipe. He's saved the lives of two of Kimblee's chimera soldiers, who free themselves from the rubble and go over to Ed to see if he's alive. Ed asks them to pull the pipe out so he can transmute his life to stem the flow of blood. When they do, it hurts even to watch, but it's pretty damn amazing once you realize how much pain he was in.]]
* He [[spoiler:finishes Pride off with a nasty case of YourHeadAsplode]]. This also doubles, strangely enough, as a Heartwarming Moment: Ed not only [[spoiler:lets Fetus!Pride live -- despite how Pride had nearly [[GrandTheftMe hijacked Ed's body]] -- but he places Pride on his jacket for comfort and warmth.]]
** His method of taking out [[spoiler:Pride]] should count, too: [[spoiler:Ed uses his soul as a Philosopher's Stone to force his way into Pride's consciousness, then he suppresses the Homunculus' own Philosopher's Stone, which severs Pride's contact with the souls that support him. Basically, he [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beat Pride]] by '''[[DeathByIrony possessing him]]''', something that [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame only the Homunculi could do]].]]
* Ed [[spoiler:engages Father/God in a [[FisticuffsBoss fistfight]] -- and '''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wins]]''']].
-->[[spoiler:"Get up, third-string. I'm gonna show you just how out of our league you are!"]]
** He said something similar to Father Cornello ''way'' back at the story's beginning.
** He pulls off the most awesome of Awesome Moments near the end: [[spoiler:he pulls Alphonse out from the Gate, malnourished but alive and whole, with no new injuries to either himself or Al. Everyone in the world [[BeyondTheImpossible considered this impossible]] without either the help of a Philosopher's Stone. How did he do it? He offered up something that even The Truth considered an Equivalent Exchange for Human Transmutation: '''the ability to perform alchemy.''']]
*** The entire conversation between The Truth and Ed during this moment has to count, too. In the anime, the nonchalant, fair, and sometimes cruel [[spoiler:in-universe God]] even laughs in joy about Ed's offer.
--->'''Truth:''' [[spoiler:You've done it! That's the right answer! ''(Ed claps his hands)'' Good job! You beat me! ''(Ed begins the transmutation)'' Go ahead, take him home. ''(Truth begins to dissolve)'' The back door's right over there. Good bye, Edward Elric. ''(Truth disappears completely)'']]

!! [[CombatPragmatist Alphonse]] [[BattleOfWits Elric]]
* A very minor one, but in the manga when Shou Tucker continues reaming Ed with his NotSoDifferent lecture ''even after'' Ed nearly beats him to death, Al gives him a perfect ShutUpHannibal counter by warning him that if he goes on it any longer, this time ''he'll'' be the one laying into him rather than Ed.
* He manages to evade capture from the chimera for a time by using his form to his advantage, by ''running away'' from them, planning to tire them out.
* When he TookALevelInBadass by figuring out how to transmute without a circle.
* Al defends a [[HeroicBSOD BSOD'ing]] Hawkeye [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/sick-of-watching-people-die.html from Lust.]]
-->"NO! 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!!"
* Trapping Pride using ''himself'' as bait. Also overlaps with Hohenheim's [=CMoA=], see below.
* [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/still-fighting.html The entire Al vs. Kimblee and Pride battle]] is pure win.
* And in Chapter 102 he [[spoiler:''refused to get his body back'', since that weak flesh and blood body cannot be used properly for combat, and he needs to be able to fight in the FinalBattle]]. Yes, it's much more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] and [[TearJerker emotional]] than it seems.
* "[[spoiler:Mr. Tucker]]... if you keep talking, this time ''I'll'' shut you up."
* Al shines on more than one occasion, but his comeback against [[spoiler:Kimblee and Pride]] is probably the one where he is most badass.
** When Pride chopped off his arm and threw it back, he transmuted it into a sword! That kind of quick thinking is just sheer badass.
*** It gets better. Al, with his creative alchemy, had his sword swing blocked by Pride. So what does he do? Transmute the blade to ''flex around the shadow'' and connect the strike! More badass quick thinking on Al's part.
** The anime's version of the scene [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome premiered the fifth ending, "Ray of Light,"]] playing in the background. [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/well-done.html It is even more awesome.]]
* In Chapter 107, Al [[spoiler: first [[TakingTheBullet shielded May]] from Father's WaveMotionGun, critically damaging his blood seal. Then, when he saw that Edward was pinned with Father about to kill him, he asks Truth for a refund by ''transmuting his own soul for Ed's right arm''.]] The last part also qualifies as a TearJerker.

!! [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] [[GuileHero Roy]] [[PlayingWithFire Mustang]]
* After Lust tears a water pipe and drenches Mustang, he reveals he ''isn't'' so useless with water. After all, his transmutation circle moves oxygen. And water has plenty of oxygen in it. And Havoc has a lighter. [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/got-a-light.html See where I'm going with this?]] [[StuffBlowingUp KABOOM!]]
** Actually it separates hydrogen from oxygen which if you have ever done that, and then tried to light it, it makes a HUGE explosion. Which is what happened to not so poor Lust.
*** Fire, or, rather, the process of combustion, is essentially the process of oxygen binding itself [[BuffySpeak super quickly]] to just about everything it can reach. Water doesn't burn because it's [=H2O=], or Oxygen that has already been joined to a pair of Hydrogen molecules, hence, already burned. So, with all that water in the room, Mustang simply slices the bonds between the oxygen and hydrogen in the water and has Havoc use his lighter to start the Combustion process and rejoin them. [[StuffBlowingUp All at once.]]
** Then Lust stabs both Havoc (paralyzing him) and Mustang and tears up Roy's gloves, leaving them both for dead. Later, with Hawkeye BSOD'ing and Al struggling before her, a sudden blast of flame blows Lust off her legs. We see Mustang, revealing that by using Havoc's lighter and his specialized circle that he ''carved into his own hand'' he was able to cauterize both their wounds. He then [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/hot-stuff.html incinerates Lust]], proclaiming that no matter how many times she regenerates he ''will'' kill her, and keeps blasting her over and over until her Philosopher's Stone runs out and [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/lusts-demise.html she dies.]] With her finger-lance centimeters from his face.
*** The most awesome part of that fight, when Lust asks how he can still move with his wound: "I sealed it with fire!". BAD. ASS.
** To add more: after medical assistance arrives, he insisted them to [[TheMenFirst treat Havoc first]]. Then, later, he chides [[HyperCompetentSidekick Hawkeye]] for her BSOD, stating that [[TheStoic she is the last person he expected to behave like that.]]
** What makes this scene so impressive is that it is the ''first'' major victory the good guys have that cannot be somehow twisted to help the villains. This is so apparent in the scene where Envy chews out Wrath for letting Roy live, it's clear Lust's death was like a slap to the face of the Homunculi, making them think "Oh shit, we're ''not'' invincible after all!"
* When he [[MoralEventHorizon killed Maria Ross by burning her alive]], everyone hated him. Then we found out that he actually ''saved'' her by [[FakingTheDead faking her death and smuggling her to Xing]].
** Not only that, he practically made a whole, fail-safe scheme to get her off the hook [[BatmanGambit on the fly]]. Knox wasn't in on the plan, but when saw that the corpse actually wasn't Maria Ross he knew that Roy was up to something, and decided to support him. Roy never directly spoke to Knox until ''after'' the autopsy report was filed.
** Maria Ross's parents and former partner aren't in on the plan. To them, Mustang is still the revenge-seeking bastard who burned to death an innocent woman. So, [[ZeroApprovalGambit he also has to shoulder the role of villain, even though it's really the opposite.]]
* Mustang owns Ed and Scar by defeating the Cyclops Army with a single snap of his fingers. What they both couldn't manage in a couple of chapters, he did in one panel. Ed's expression of complete disbelief was absolutely priceless. Also, making [[TheStoic Riza]] ''[[ShipTease blush]]'' should be considered [[{{OTP}} an impressive feat]].
** Even cooler in ''Brotherhood'', where he [[KillItWithFire incinerates the whole lot of them]] (while avoiding the heroes in a bird's eye view) instead of simply burning their legs off.
* Mustang's response to finally finding the person who killed his best friend: [[ShutUpHannibal "There's no need to say anything more, Envy.]] [[PrepareToDie The first thing I'm gonna turn to ash is your tongue."]] [[CurbStompBattle He then proceeds to fuck Envy up]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge fifty ways to Sunday]], including, but not limited to: evaporating the fluid in his eyes ''twice'', thanking him for turning into his monstrous true form because it makes him a bigger target, blasting his lower jaw off to shut him up (just like he promised), and torching him ''while he looked like [[spoiler:Hughes]]''.
--> '''Envy''': (burning alive) What's wrong with you!? You didn't even hesitate to incinerate [[spoiler: your best friend]]!?!
--> '''Mustang''': [[spoiler: Maes Hughes]] is dead. That's a fact. And you invoke his image? You must be a glutton for ''punishment''!! (snaps his fingers again)
** The anime [[UpToEleven takes it to eleven]] by having Mustang firing off his flames randomly. It makes the CurbStompBattle look like it's been spiced with a dash of [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill overkill.]]
*** It's like a dead-serious version of Anime!Ed's fight with Anime!Envy.
---> ''*Envy turns into Roy*''
---> '''Edward''': "[[Funny/FullmetalAlchemist You couldn't have picked a better target!]]"
*** Not many men can make a Homunculus look like they've just SHAT themselves. For that, there's Roy.
*** And before that [[ShutUpHannibal "Oh for God's sake, just shut up, idiot!"]]
* [[MundaneUtility Using a military line]] [[HandsomeLech for calling his "girlfriend"]]... [[spoiler:and directing the "girlfriends" in coordinating attack to locate the Homunculi.]]
* Episode 1 of ''Brotherhood''... after being drenched by Isaac, Roy furiously blows up part of the regenerating ice wall later (with replacement gloves via Riza). "WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY FLAMES NOW, YOU BASTARD?!"
* In Chapter 107 he proves that not even [[spoiler:blindness]] holds him back when he returns to the fight and repeatedly incinerates [[spoiler:Father, while Riza clings to his side and gives him directions.]]
** Also: [[spoiler:"Defense... like this? Hmm. This clapping thing ''is'' convenient."]]

!! [[ImprobableAimingSkills Riza]] [[TheGunslinger Hawkeye]]
* [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/that-hurts.html Riza to a disguised Envy]]: "When we're alone, the Colonel always calls me Riza." Then: "Just kidding. [[BluffTheImpostor Thanks for blowing your cover]]."
** And goes GunsAkimbo to Envy (emptying two handguns and a rifle clip) while Envy can't do a shit about this. Envy can only [[IncrediblyLamePun turn the table]] by using his [[CombatTentacles tentacle]] to pull SuperRugPull.
** To clarify, she twigs that something's up, then acknowledges ''and'' subverts the {{UST}} between Roy and her to trick Envy. Awesome.
** Snapping Mustang out of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge by telling Mustang that after she kills him then she will kill herself so that the knowledge of flame alchemy dies with her.
*** Not to mention that this is also a little scary, seeing as she almost outright states that she wouldn't hesitate to kill her superior officer/love interest if she thought it was necessary, even if she'd commit suicide afterwards.
*** Yes, but back when he made her his aide, he told her to kill him if he ever "strayed from the path"; so she's following his instructions.
* Earlier, during her "love conversation" with Mustang, Gluttony appears behind her. Her response? [[spoiler: [[TheStoic Calmly saying "I'm sorry. It seems that a nagging customer has come for me."]] then firing her rifle to stop Gluttony, ''with help only from Black Hayate and Fuery''. Then later, she chides Mustang for nearly blowing his cover and endangering the whole mission, despite the fact that he saved her ass.]]
* Her [[ImprobableAimingSkills dog-disciplining method]] is this and CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* Chapter 107. Revenge of the MeaningfulName, as Hawkeye [[spoiler:acts as Mustang's eyes to roast Father.]]
* "Don't worry, we have eyes of a hawk watching over us."
* During the fight against the Führer-rejects, she is the only one who actually manages to take some of them out. This is made even more impressive by the fact that she's the only BadassNormal in the group.

!! Other Characters
* [[NonCombatGuy Marcoh]] revealing to Envy that since he knows how to make Philosopher's Stones, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/dr-marcohs-trick.html he knows how to destroy them.]] Since Homunculi are created from Philosopher's Stones, Envy is in trouble, to say the least. And by "in trouble", we mean "Marcoh blew his giant monster body apart and reduced him to a tiny, cowering tadpole-thing, with ''one transmutation''." Doubly awesome given that Marcoh is possibly the least threatening character in the story (Besides Yoki. BUT SEE BELOW).
* [[DrJerk Dr. Knox]] shows us that doctors [[DeadlyDoctor should not be messed with]]. When May Chang and Lan Fan wake up in the same room, their first respond is... to [[SuccessionCrisis try to take each other out]]. Even [[GentleGiant Al]] can't stop them. Right before the situation became grim, the doctor appears, ''[[CurbStompBattle hitting and yelling at them both]]'' and [[FelonyMisdemeanor asking them to stay in beds like the good patients they are]]. When they refuse, the doctor yells at them ''even louder'', then [[ToThePain reminds them that nasty things can be done to them as a doctor]]. Nevertheless, they complied. Also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** ''Brotherhood'' English dub:
--> "What the hell do you two think you're doing!?!?".
* Two different Awesome Moments one right after another: [[CombatPragmatist Ling Yao]] gets his fighting [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower King]] [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Bradley]] in a sword fight ''while holding Lan Fan'' after Bradley has grievously injured her. While escaping, Lan Fan tries to kill herself so that she can no longer be a burden to Ling, while Ling tries to stop her. Bradley, following her trail of blood, sees her arm attached to a dog -- Lan Fan had cut her arm off, and escaped into a sewer.
** "A king is there for his people. Without people, there's no King!" Then [[IronicEcho "Yes, a king cannot exist without people. But people without a king would be lost as well"]].
** Even better is Lan Fan's fight with Envy, totally cut from the anime. [[spoiler: Envy tries his very best to attack Lan fan who manages to evade and counterattack. He can't even lay a finger on her as she totally outclasses him. Later, Ling shows up and they fight until dusk. The only thing that stops the fight after consecutive ''hours'' is [[TheCameo Pride]] echoing through the streets for the homunculus to stop.]] Even better, this occupies Lust's allies as Mustang [[spoiler: takes her out]].
* Ling Yao [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/well-played.html finishing the fight against Gluttony]] by shoving a grenade into his mouth, ''blowing it'', then quickly tying him up while he's regenerating. All in less than 5 pages. He also gets a minor [=CMoA=] when you see him actually ''lift'' Gluttony into Hawkeye's car.
* Another one is when he [[spoiler:[[WhatTheHellHero forces Greed to regain his memories after Bido dies at his hand]]]].
* Ling gets to kick Gluttony's ass again later on in the story- he convinces Greed that he can fight Gluttony in the dark better than he can, regains control of his body as Gluttony lunges at him from behind... and then grabs the thing by the back of its head and slams it into the ground effortlessly.
* Lan Fan gets another one when she reveals that she has fulfilled her promise to get an automail arm, and be back in fighting condition in 6 months, in time to help the rebellion [[BigDamnHeroes by stopping Gluttony just as he was about to go into "devour everything" mode]].
* Wrath's [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/the-old-mans-got-moves.html utter]] [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/internal-bleeding.html pwnage]] of Greed, giving him no time to shield himself and repeatedly calling him pathetic, ultimately paralyzing Greed by skewering him with his swords.
** Of course, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/homunculi-battle.html Greed got his own in round two.]] He didn't win, but he didn't lose either, since he'd clearly learned from the previous encounter.
** To add to that, during the fight Greed has to cope with memories rushing into his head (an experience he describes as "clawing the inside of his skull" and is shown to be extremely painful) and possibly [[spoiler:Ling]] fighting him for control. So in other words, Greed [[WorfHadTheFlu had the flu]] and still managed to fight Wrath to a draw.
* Father's would be when he stamps his foot, and Ed, and Al can no longer perform Alchemy until Father wishes it. The idea that the BigBad is so powerful that even the best alchemist from Amestris are helpless against him is chilling.
** That scene did double duty. The fact that Father managed to stop the Elric brothers' alchemy was frighteningly awesome... the fact that Scar and May Chang shocked everyone, BigBad included, by ''still being able to transmute'' was a more traditional variant of awesome.
*** Oh it wasn't just the Elric Brothers. He shut off the Alchemy of EVERY SINGLE ALCHEMIST IN THE VICINITY, IF NOT ALL OF AMESTRIS.
*** Then Scar going for the kill for Father. Father's response: "A destruction alchemy... interesting." Without. Moving. A single. muscle. Scar's [[OhCrap realization of his failure, and either Father's counterattack or his own failing alchemy backfiring on him]] are pure awesome.
* Pride [[DevourTheDragon eating Gluttony]] was a KickTheDog moment and terrifying, sure. But it also went to show how BadAss and deadly he is, as did his epic fight with Kimblee against Al.
** He also gets another small one when trapped with Al. While trapped, he spends the time tapping on Alphonse's helmet with a stick. The audience, and Al, thinks it's because he's bored and just playing with it. But when the chimera Heinkel speaks with Al, he notices that Pride is not just tapping randomly, he's ''transmitting an SOS through Morse Code''. Cue both Heinkel and Al having an OhCrap reaction right before Kimblee blows up the dome, freeing Pride and nearly killing Heinkel
* In a flashback, after being ordered by his ridiculously vile superior to execute an Ishvalan peace envoy, Basque Grand informs him that many of the highest-ranking soldiers who died in the Ishvalan genocide were killed, not by Ishvalans, but by their own disgusted soldiers. Grand then walks up to his superior and [[UnfriendlyFire does exactly that]].
** After being told that, as an officer, he should stay in the back, Grand tells his subordinate that he belongs on the front line, and [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/hell-on-earth.html alchemically slaughters the enemy.]]
---> '''Basque''': I AM BASQUE GRAND, THE IRON BLOOD ALCHEMIST! IRON AND BLOOD! MIGHT AND MANPOWER! IF I DON'T LEAD THE ATTACK, WHO WILL?!
** ''Brotherhood'' adds a moment. In the manga, Grand dies off-screen at Scar's hands. In ''Brotherhood'' the battle is shown, and while it's short, it's clear that the Brigadier-General is still at his best. Despite being surprised by Scar he has the upper hand for much of the fight, and actually manages to trap him in a giant steel box, losing only because he is unaware of the latter's ability to destroy by touch. It's a very nice moment for fans of Grand in particular, who get to see that he didn't go out like a chump.
* Olivier acting as the ReverseMole in a meeting with the treacherous General Raven. You can tell that Olivier, who believes that the strength of the army lies in each individual soldier, is getting extremely angry as Raven rants on about mindless {{Super Soldier}}s, so once she gets the information she needs out of him, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/foundation-of-the-country.html she stabs him and shoves him into wet cement.]] Ridiculously cool. [[RefugeInAudacity And she didn't even bother to deny it when confronted by Bradley.]]
** Her introduction alone is CrowningMomentOfAwesome. She makes Ed ''squirm in fear'' while [[BerserkButton taunting him about his height.]]
** Then when Sloth appears, the scene turned into CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the ''whole Briggs brigade''. They systematically tried to eliminate him. When Ed reveals that [[ImmuneToBullets "Guns and fire won't do anything on him!"]] She retorts,
---> "If that the case, then [[HumanPopsicle I'll give him something more painful]] [[KillItWithIce than fire]]."
---> "I'll show you the Briggs Way!"
---> "You can hibernate there until spring, you big lummox."
** She continues her habit of killing members of High Command after one of the Generals holds her at gunpoint. She stabs his arm, causing him to drop his gun, and then in one smooth motion, she picks up the gun and points it at a second General. She then points out that their cause is not noble, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/sacrifice.html nor is she like Mustang]] -- and [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the head.]]
*** She then [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/i-made-a-mess.html takes the first General as a hostage]], holding him at both ''gunpoint and sword point'' and orders his subordinates to call off the men defending Central. When they don't comply, she stabs his foot. After all that, [[spoiler: the General then pulls off his own moment of awesome, telling his men not to comply with General Armstrong's orders. ''While [[FourStarBadass General]] [[LadyOfWar Olivier]] [[IronLady Mira]] [[HotBlooded Armstrong]] holds him with both a sword and a gun''. That takes ''guts''.]]
----> [[spoiler: Close the north, south, east, and west gates of the Central Command Center! Do not let a single one of Briggs or Mustang's soldiers inside!"]]
** And when they revealed that they can hold her as hostage, she said, "You don't understand, do you? [[SocialDarwinist Our motto is 'survival of the fittest'.]] If I had to die here, then it's just proves that I didn't have what it takes to survive." This is what happens when you mix SocialDarwinist, {{Determinator}}, and MamaBear.
** Then she manages to convince the Central soldiers to work with her against the Cyclops Army. Though it's granted that Central Circle is BadBoss in general....
*** Then, after all the crap they gave to him, [[TheJuggernaut Sloth]] finally focusing his attack toward Armstrong siblings. Alex realizes this, and telling the soldiers... "Stay back. ''We'' are the targets". And what they do? These soldiers, who are less than 3 chapters before are ready to kill Olivier and Armstrong without a single thought, [[spoiler:instead pull a YouShallNotPass to Sloth. These siblings are so awesome, their awesomeness [[HeelFaceTurn turns the opposition.]]]]
** The Briggs soldiers, taking out the head command, when the commander is about to commanding the civilian area bombardment. [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/smug-karley.html And then...]]
-->'''Izumi''': When people ask, I say [[CatchPhrase "I'm a housewife!"]]. It does make sense. But today, I've shed that particular disguise. [[spoiler:[[BadassBoast I AM AN ALCHEMIST]]]]!!
** Olivier arriving on an elevator. ''[[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/through-the-gate.html IN A TANK.]]''
* Major Armstrong and Sig Curtis instantly bonding and tag teaming on Sloth. [[RatedMForManly A manlier scene has not been seen in anime since]] ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.
---> '''Major Armstrong:''' COURAGE RAISED A HUNDREDFOLD! MUSCLES RAISED A THOUSANDFOLD!!!
* CuteBruiser May manages to clock the utterly surprised Elric brothers in tandem and rescue Scar from military police capture with a powerful combination of long-range alkahestry and wicked martial art skills.
* The four chimera introduced in the Mt. Briggs arc have already gotten some even though they were recently introduced, and are minor characters:
** Zampano and Jerso manage to defeat Scar through careful study of his observed tactics. Later on, Zampano tricks Envy into a trap by [[ReverseMole pretending to betray the Elrics]]. Both of them then help Scar and May fight him.
** After Pride has captured Al for a second time its revealed that Al doesn't have the Philosopher's Stone... but Marcoh does, and he's used it to heal Heinkel. Pride then notices that the wind has changed and tries to warn Kimblee, [[spoiler:but it's too late as Heinkel chomps down on Kimblee's neck.]]
* Hohenheim: "Don't EVER insult my son." Seriously, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/dont-ever-mock-my-son.html don't insult his son.]]
** Hohenheim destroys Father's container by letting Father absorb some souls from him. How did that destroy Father's container? Hohenheim [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/tortured-souls.html had gotten to know each and every person within his body.]] Whereas Father saw the Philosopher's Stone only as a bundle of energy, Hohenheim like Al saw that the Philosopher's Stone contained people. Who were really pissed off at Father for ripping their souls out of their body and stuffing them in Hohenheim for over 500 years. The souls then rip Father apart from the inside. [[HopeSpot Too bad]] Father no longer needed his container.
** Chapter 105, holy goddamn hell. [[spoiler: HE CAUGHT A GENERATED SUN. A FUCKING ''SUN''. WITH HIS ''HANDS''.]]
* Chapter 89 is pretty much nothing but awesome. In short order:
** Mustang and his crew (that's FIVE people) begin a guerrilla war against ''the entire Central Army''. After they are surrounded, the opposing Captain tells his men to kill everyone but Mustang (including the captive Mrs. Bradley), and just when it looks like the end, the soldiers are shot by Mustang's old platoon from Ishval who had already sent King Bradley into a river.
** Mustang and crew do all this without killing ''anyone''. [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/no-fatalities.html SIXTY injuries, NO fatalities.]]
** After a large number of troops are sent to take down Mustang's forces, and the High Command of Central declares that they will defeat Mustang even if they have to use their secret weapons, Olivier tells him "Right on cue. You're nothing but bait for the bears of Mount Briggs. I wonder if your precious dolls will be able to stand up to them?" The bears of Mount Briggs then proceed to attack. [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/briggs.html They had hidden in the Armstrong mansion while it was being renovated.]] [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent]].
** Roy foreshadowed this in chapter 85: "'Large' doesn't even begin to describe this mansion. In fact... I think you could fit a company... maybe even a full battalion here."
** Riza's friend Rebecca [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/a-bunch-of-sissies.html shows up]] with new weapons, an armored ice cream truck, and Maria Ross. Mustang's mysterious benefactor calls him, saying "Serving the community for 80 years, this is Havoc Sundries. From underpants to armored cars, we're your one-stop shop for anything and everything! AND we deliver!". He's even grown a BadassBeard.
*** Also, the look on Roy's face is absolutely ''priceless.''
*** "Second Lieutenant Maria Ross, returning to active duty without permission, ''sir!''"
* Kimblee gets a crowning moment of psycho-awesome when, as he's being escorted out of prison, he thanks the warden for his "kindness" with a friendly smile and a handshake... transmuting the man's watch into a bomb, resulting in general terror and panic before everyone realizes it's a fake. "Just a toy, my dear warden. A gift for your children."
** He got another one, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/it-isnt-fair.html during the first part of his fight with Al:]]
--> '''Al''': Why are there only [[SadisticChoice two options]]? [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere "Save yourself and abandon everyone else"]] [or] [[HeroicSacrifice "Give up on returning to normal and save the world."]] Why are those the only two options? Why can't I choose [[TakeAThirdOption "Save the world]] ''[[TakeAThirdOption and]]'' [[TakeAThirdOption get our original bodies back"]]?
--> '''Kimblee''': I see. Experiment thoroughly enough, and you may discover new laws [besides EquivalentExchange] that the world must then abide by. That would mean there is a ''[[DeconstructedTrope fourth]]'' [[DeconstructedTrope option]]: ''[[DownerEnding "You lose your chance to return to normal, and fail to save the world."]]''
** And his fight with Ed, who knows that destroying Kimblee's transmutation circles is pointless while Kimblee still has his Philosopher's Stone. So Ed disarms him of the stone, cuts Kimblee's circles, and declares victory. Kimblee simply laughs and calls Ed naive, saying something to the effect of "It never even occurred to you... that I might have ''another'' Philosopher's Stone, did it?" And he proceeds to bomb Ed, nearly killing him.
** And then, just when we think he's died in an anticlimactic, but fitting way, [[spoiler:he's back for one more EPIC gloat in Chapter 106. Helping Ed pwn Pride? T'was awesome.]]
*** [[spoiler: How about the fact that he survived out of all the souls in Pride because, as he put it, [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming "Howls of anguish...are like lullabies to my ears!"]] Along with that, the last we see of him is him waving goodbye, holding his hat in the air, and in a perfectly white suit.]] That has got to be one smooth criminal.
**** [[spoiler:It's also worth bearing in mind that he was perfectly willing to let Pride ''kill'' Ed because he simply wanted to see how Humans v. Homunculi would legitimately play out. What pissed him off was that Pride cheated. The man may be an acknowledged and completely self-aware psychopath, ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards but he's no hypocrite...]]'']]
----> '''Pride''': Why are you interfering, Kimblee?!
---->'''Kimblee''': Eh, well, if you had just stuck to your convictions and fought, I wouldn't have done anything. But in the same breath that you boasted of your "Pride as a Homunculus," you ran screaming to steal the flesh of one of the humans you look on as inferior to escape your predicament. You are...''hideous''.
** Made even stronger in the French translation where "hideous" was replaced by "unworthy".
* Sloth reveals that he is in fact the ''fastest'' of the Homunculi when he has to exert himself, attacking both Armstrong siblings, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/weak-spots.html hitting them constantly before they have time to react.]] Also hilarious when the Armstrong siblings are shocked and pointing in different directions.
* When it looks like Sloth has killed Olivier it's revealed that Alex, using nothing but pure strength, is holding back Sloth, and then punches the ground to collapse the floor to save his sister. Bear in mind that Sloth was barely perturbed by a ''tank'' crashing into him.
** "''Some minor broken bones''" was pretty awesome too.
** And when Alex finally trashes Sloth in one strike, using his alchemy. Harming a GentleGiant's older sister (even an ungrateful, foul-mouthed, much-more badass than he sister) [[BewareTheNiceOnes is really a bad, bad, bad idea]].
** ''Dear God'' chapter 95. When Sloth [[spoiler:finally manages to pull the spike out of his mouth, he delivers Alex another beatdown, ending in Alex's arm being pulled out of its socket. Alex's response is to let Sloth beat him up ''even more'', ultimately knocking his arm ''back'' into place, then [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/alex-the-boxer.html punches Sloth full of holes]] and ''then'' drives a spike into each hole!]]
*** Best part of that moment? Alex's line immediately after doing it (at least in ''Brotherhood''): "This artistic muscular and artistic alchemic collaboration..." And at this point we expect him to say the ever famous [[CatchPhrase "Has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!"]] But no, he ''instead'' follows it up with: "...is excellent and elegant!" In other words, that technique ''hadn't'' been passed down the Armstrong line for generations, Alex was just badass enough to trash Sloth with his own power, skill, and ingenuity. Truly awesome.
*** Lampshaded by Olivier. "Forget him! My brother is trained well enough to survive [[spoiler:'''[[BadAss a few of those lovetaps]]''']]!"
** A minor one, during chapter 57.
--->'''Alex''': The military's methods were unconscionable, [[ThisIsUnforgivable of that I was certain]]. [[HeroicBSOD But I deserted]]. I turned my back on on my soldiers. [[MyGreatestFailure I should have remained on the battlefield and fought this wrong!!]] Ever since I fled from the Ishvalan front, [[TheAtoner Not a day has gone by that I felt ashamed of straying from my values and giving up.]] '''And now that I am on the battlefield once again. [[TiredOfRunning How can I put my tail between my legs and flee!?]]'''
*** [[spoiler:Which he brings up again in Chapter 96.]]
* ''[[DirtyCoward Yoki]]'' gets a Crowning Moment of Awesome when he [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/fuzzy-lip.html rams a car into Pride.]] In his own words: "''I'm tired of you guys hogging all the cool parts! [[LampshadeHanging Let me be in the spotlight for once, dammit!]]''". Keep in mind that in the matter of under 10 seconds, he blocks an attack on Marcoh, rams a Cosmic Horror and liberates Al from it, and brings in an escape vehicle to get away from said Cosmic Horror and towards the bigger battle.
--> "I ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING! I ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING!"
** He also stopped Marcoh from blindly running to Alphonse's aid. Sometimes being a coward means you know the difference between "being brave" and "being reckless".
* [[FamousLastWords "It's not like]] [[TemptingFate they have tanks."]]
* Lan Fan, who got an automail implant, a painful process which normally takes ''three years to recover'', and takes {{Determinator}} Edward Elric a ''full year'' to recover, comes back in action only in ''six months''. "If this shrimp can do it one year, I'll do it in six months."
* A bunch of bit characters get a moment of sneaky badass in chapter 94 when they throw off the Central military bosses by claiming to be hostages, while in reality, they're gleefully working ''with'' Mustang's crew to broadcast 'the most amazing scoop ever'.
-->"NO ONE CAN SILENCE THE MASS MEDIA!"
** What, blowing up Bradley's train doesn't count?
** Even better in ''Brotherhood'' ([[AdaptationDistillation Which seems to be a common trend]]), where you can see one of them laughing his head off in the background the whole time and the look on the Central commander's face after one of them pretends to have been shot to avoid a request to talk to Mustang. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Absolutely priceless]], and if that wasn't enough, followed up quickly by a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and "[[TemptingFate It's not like they have tanks]]."
* The end of the Sloth fight gives us two moments:
** Izumi Curtis just shows up and [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/who-asked-him.html throws Sloth like it's the easiest thing in the world]], sending him to her husband.
*** Best part of all? Even ''[[LadyOfWar Olivier]]'' is shocked; the expression on her face is ''priceless.''
** Sig shows off how his muscles are not just for show, and [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/the-pose-down.html teams up with Alex]] to finally kill Sloth by throwing him into a spike that impales him.
* So, Riza and Roy sit down at a table together during lunch -- keep in mind that [[spoiler: Riza is now Wrath's bodyguard as a way of keeping Roy's crew away from him]] -- and have an innocent conversation about old friends and stuff like that. Later on, Roy goes into a bathroom stall, writes the first letter in their name down, [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/a-dull-conversation.html and gets this message]]: [[spoiler: ''SELIM BRADLEY IS HOMUNCULUS'']].
* The return of King Bradley. All of it. He makes [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/in-control.html his first appearance]] announcing that he's going to stop the coup, he then attacks Briggs head on telling them that "What need is there for a king to enter his OWN castle through the back door?", then [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/the-front-door.html destroys the tank by himself]] in a CurbStompBattle. He then defeats Buccaneer and demands that Falman open the door.
** With a ''sword''. He destroyed the tank ''with just his sword''.
*** He did finish the tank off with a hand grenade.
**** If anything, Brotherhood makes it EVEN MORE BADASS, as he slices a Tank shell in half, cuts through an entire brigade to get to the Tank, which is backing up the passage to Central Command, while firing at him. Sweet lord.
** Falman [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/whats-the-issue-here.html refuses Bradley's order]], raises his gun and gets ready for Bradley to chop him to pieces. Falman has balls.
*** Despite crying like a little girl. [[spoiler:But it's not like we can blame him.]]
*** "Don't cry like a little girl when acting like a man!!"
** Buccaneer gets one immediately after this by standing up and announcing that he can still fight even with his automail arm destroyed and having suffered numerous slash wounds.
** And then, as Bradley scoffs at their futile effort to resist, asking if that was what humans called "bravery in the face of death." The one who answers his question isn't Buccaneer or Falman, but Greed/Ling, setting up for a hell of a rematch.
** King Bradley's final match as well as the events before it. Despite being half dead and missing his Ultimate Eye, one of the chimeras stated that even with all of them combined, they would lose. Even Scar himself, using both his alchemic powers only managed to barely win. Even in his dying moments, he still proves to be awesome.
* Buccaneer's abs are stronger than a tank! King Bradley stabs Buccaneer, ''but he can't pull out his sword'', forcing him to fight with combat knives.
** Which is a [=CMoA=] for Bradley, too. "Dear me. I guess I'm not quite ''as'' proficient with these..."
** The Hulu episode summaries are pretty good here.
--> [Bradley's] first opponent is an armored tank. His second foe is even tougher
--> Bradley unleashes death on those who dare engage him
* After finding out the truth about what High Command planned, the Central Soldiers who fought with Olivier become so disgusted [[InsigniaRipOffRitual they rip off the Amestris Insignia and drop them at the Brigadier General.]]
* Let's not forget Fu, who in addition to [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/overrun-by-monsters.html taking out all the guards]] so quickly you can't even see him also manages to avoid a point blank stab from Bradley and chip one of his combat knives. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge It's obvious he's not happy to see the man who cut off his granddaughter's arm.]]
* Izumi is full of this.
** [[TrainingFromHell Survives 6 months in Briggs,]] beat the crap of soldiers there (not just any soldiers, they're '''[[BadAssArmy Briggs Bears]]''', for god's sake) and stealing their supplies, and, when she found that his teacher is ''not'' an alchemist teacher, beating the everloving crap out of him, despite [[RetiredBadAss his martial artist status]].
** Storming Devil's Nest, filled with Chimeras, [[BadassTeacher just to chew her late-came-to-home students.]]
*** She [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/the-housewife-arrives.html makes her entrance]] dragging the unconscious body of a man she probably beat up outside, and ignores the dozen or so Chimeras [[spoiler: and one Homunculus]] who just kidnapped her student, and instead [[spoiler: ''throws the unconscious man at her aforementioned student.'']]
---> '''Izumi''': HOW THE HELL COULD YOU LET YOURSELF GET KIDNAPPED?!
---> '''Al''': I-I'm sorry!
** Lampshaded with Ed:
---> '''Fuhrer''': I find this your teacher interesting. Shall I enlist her as a State Alchemist?
---> '''Ed''': Nah, that's bad idea. Unless you're ready to '''lose a whole army'''.
*** [[spoiler: Which, later, he tries. He sends the army to start looking for her somewhere around chapter 74, and ''they never find her''. In chapter 93, almost 20 chapters later, she turns up at Briggs of her own will, adding another moment to the list.]]
---> '''Soldier''': Point P, respond! [[MookHorrorShow What the hell are you fighting?!]]
---> '''Izumi''': [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/a-housewife.html A housewife!]]
* Fu [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/accept-some-loss.html orders Greed to armor up to prevent Ling from moving]], then announces his resignation and [[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/straight-to-hell.html tries to commit a kamikaze attack on Bradley]], only for Bradley to instead ''cut the fuses off the dynamite'', and take Fu out. Buccaneer then takes out Bradley's sword and impales Bradley by going through Fu as Bradley can't see past Fu's body. Buccaneer than tells Fu that they'll take Bradley to Hell together.
** But Bradley survives, though. And Lan Fan and Ling don't take it well. To give you the details, Ling is so outraged that he manages to [[spoiler:''override'' Greed's mind, uses ''Greed's diamond-hardened fist'' to break through Bradley's sword, and destroys King Bradley's Ultimate Eye.]]
*** And he one ups it the next chapter by [[spoiler:[[http://video.adultswim.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/that-kinda-guy.html finally giving us the return of Greed's Ultimate Shield]]]]. Cue UnstoppableRage fueled asskicking.
*** And for those of you who liked original Greed:
--->'''Greed''': Anyone who has a family, a lover, or just doesn't want to get hurt, get outta here now. Women too! [[WouldNotHitAGirl I prefer not to hit girls!]]
*** [[TheTerminator T-100,]] [[ShoutOut you]] [[UnflinchingWalk can]] [[YouShallNotPass eat]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes your]] [[CurbStompBattle gun.]] [[OneManArmy Now.]]
*** [[spoiler:"Hey, daddio, hand the center of the world over, wouldja?"]]
* Roy's response after [[DespairEventHorizon Riza's throat being sliced]], and [[MoralEventHorizon being toyed with by that mad doctor]]: "I understand, lieutenant. [[spoiler:[[TheFettered I WON'T do]] [[IronWoobie a human transmutation.]]]]"
** [[StealthHiBye The]] [[VerticalKidnapping Chimeras]] [[BigDamnHeroes are back]]!!
** With [[TheMedic May Chang]] as well!!
*** And she chooses the lives of [[EnemyMine an "ally"]] over the philosopher stone! Thank you very much, now, Riza is saved!!
** What about Riza herself? [[BadassNormal "I won't die. I've been ordered not to die."]]
** And Bradley is back too! And [[TheDragon Se...lim]]... [[OhCrap bloody hell]], that's not good at all.
*** Given that Pride and Wrath are not only the last Homunculi, but the strongest out of the seven, and that saying they're pretty much pissed off at that point is an understatement, I'd bet it is quite troublesome, yes.
*** "Now, you all have seen the state I'm in. Who shall win everlasting fame as the one who defeated me? The Chimeras? The foreigner? Mustang's loyal dog? Or perhaps... you all like a shot at immortality?"
**** Not to mention that Bradley is bleeding and blind in one eye and not even in his prime as a fighter, but as one of the pretty Badass Chimera's said, that even with Bradley walking around already beaten up he's terrified of fighting him.
*** "A battle to the death between two nameless warriors... I like it."
**** Alphonse is given the opportunity to take his original body back, but refuses, because that body, weakened and underused, would be useless in the final battle.
* Chapter 103. [[spoiler:Scar and Wrath are fighting when Wrath finally manages to trip up Scar and put him on the ground. He stabs Scar's right arm and is about to impale him with his other sword...when the ground erupts in spikes, sending Wrath flying. He looks at Scar with a look of complete surprise on his face, as Scar stands up and reveals that while his right arm has the power of deconstruction, his ''left'' has the power of '''reconstruction.''']] [[DidntSeeThatComing Wrath's face pretty much says it all.]]
** This has the benefit of being both pretty darn awesome in it's own right, but also demonstrating just how much CharacterDevelopment Scar has gone through.
* From Father: "I believe this is yours."
* Maes Hughes [[spoiler:figures out what's going on ages before anyone else]]. Too bad he [[spoiler:gets KilledOffForReal [[HeKnowsTooMuch for his trouble]]]].
* Father [[spoiler:eats the countries of Xerxes and Amestris, then finishes with the God[=/=]EldritchAbomination the Truth]]. Keep in mind that Father started out a wisp of black gas inside a flask, which would cause his death if broken.
* Chapter 105 is full of this. It might as well be called a Crowning ''Chapter'' of Awesome.
** [[spoiler: Hohenheim (with May helping to protect the rest) is able to return everyone in Amestris their souls back.]]
*** What makes this even more amazing is the ''way'' he does this. [[spoiler:He hid some of the souls that conformed the Philosopher's Stone within him in strategic points of the Earth's soil that he knew would have the effect of releasing the Amestrians' souls from within Father's body. And then he completed the transmutation circle '''''with the shadow cast on Earth by the Moon during the solar eclipse'''''. And he'd been planning this '''''for years''''']]. It's not only a HUGE and ridiculously risky {{plan}}, it might be the mother of all [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]]. '''EVER.'''
--->'''Father''': Even now you still think you can stop me. '''YOU'RE A FOOL, HOHENHEIM!'''
--->'''Hohenheim''': That's the very reason I came back. IT'S TIME YOU REMEMBERED YOUR PLACE, ''DWARF IN THE FLASK!''
*** [[spoiler:He later manages to deflect a blast ''with the power of a sun'' when Scar activates the Alkahestry circle.]]
** [[spoiler: Scar is able to finally defeat King Bradley by removing his arms, but Bradley is able to weaken Scar by slashing him with the sword '''''held between his teeth'''''.]]
*** It's like [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail the Black Knight]], but dead-serious and ''incredibly awesome''.
** Ed and Al going to help and encourage Hohenheim while he's [[spoiler:deflecting Father's attack]] is both this and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, especially considering Ed hates his dad.
*** "I may have been a terrible father, but at least I can show my boys something cool!"
* King Bradley showed up to observe the joint training exercises of the Northern and Eastern armies under General Grumman personally. The problem? Grumman, Mustang, and General Armstrong are planning to take that army and attack Central with it. So Grumman [[spoiler:deliberately leaks their plans to the enemy.]] [[XanatosGambit If Bradley stays where he is, Central is left undefended. If Bradley goes back to Central, his train gets blown up by a bomb planted by their allies... and Central is left undefended.]] His [[PsychoticSmirk smile]] just says it all. And in the anime, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the closing theme]] starts up right there, making it ''even better''.
* Scar's Brother figured out what Father has kept hidden for 400 years. [[spoiler:He placed a buffer under the Earth's crust so that he could control when Amestrian Alchemy worked, then purged all knowledge of Alkahestry so no one could figure out what he had done. Scarbro got the knowledge from caravans from Xing which allowed him to learn it and ''fashion a counter''.]]
** The man is obviously Ishval's very own version of Maes Hughes. The glasses should've been a clue.
** Let's also remember that during his lifetime, while he was doing this research, Scar's bro was the only Ishvalan that didn't hate alchemy. [[spoiler:Which makes Scar and the other Ishvalans' use of this counter to free the Amestrians' use of some of the same alchemy that pillaged them from Father's control '''that much more beautiful to see'''.]]
* In Chapter 106, [[spoiler: Father deliberately creates horror for the sole purpose of freaking out his opponents long enough to [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty let him blast them all while they're distracted.]]]] Unspeakably horrible ([[NightmareFuelStationAttendant but when is he NOT?]]) but very awesome indeed.
** What about everything else in Chapter 106? [[spoiler:Ed having a standoff with Pride, to the point where the Homunculus attempts to take over Ed's body, claiming it's possible due to his lineage connected to Hohenheim and therefore Father. Who shows up to help him, of all people? [[VillainousRescue Kimblee,]] who had been assimilated by Pride earlier in the story, which allows Ed to release all the souls inside the homunculus and put Pride back in his original form: [[FetusTerrible a baby fetus]], of all things.]] Mein gott.
** To go further in depth on [[spoiler:Kimblee's resurfacing? He managed to maintain his sense of self amongst thousands of wailing, pained souls simply because he's so batshit insane. ''"Screams of agony are like lullabies to my ears!"'']]
* And what about the time Winry kicked two soldiers, two chimeras, and a ''homunculus'' out of her room? Ed's expression in the anime was [[CrowningMomentOfFunny priceless]].
** Her first Moment of Awesome was delivering Satera's baby in episode 11, and later earning enough respect from Dominic for him to recommend her to Garfiel.
* '''CHAPTER. 107.'''
** [[spoiler:Roy [[TookALevelInBadass using circleless alchemy]], with Riza to judge the distance]].
** [[spoiler:Al transmuting his soul for Ed's right arm]], also a HUGE TearJerker. [[spoiler: And he does this as he's already falling apart because he shielded May from Father's psycho BeamSpam.]] The poor kid never stops giving.
** [[spoiler:After getting his right arm back, Ed [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu GOES TO TOWN on Father]]; with the chapter ending on the same words he gave Cornello in chapter 1]]!
** Also, the Briggs soldiers. In an attempt to provide some support to the protagonists, they unload everything they have from small arms and mortars. Their response when Father doesn't even seem to be phased by their attacks? [[AttackAttackAttack They keep shooting.]]
*** [[spoiler:And what's more? They '''don't''' [[RedShirt drop like flies]] like most other {{Redshirt Arm|y}}ies.]]
** [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-107-page-3.html The cover pic]] is likely the best one we're going to get. For bonus points, check around the edges, especially the upper right corner.
* Doesn't the author herself, Hiromu Arakawa, deserve a mention for her story-telling? She took the concept of revenge, and clearly defined it, something that Masashi Kishimoto is still working on in ''{{Naruto}}'', and shows it through Roy Mustang and Scar as the story progresses.
** That, and that she [[SerialEscalation keeps managing to up the ante]]. Seriously, pretty much every chapter from about 85 or so on is listed under [=CMoA=], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming CMOH]], TearJerker, or terrifying, and often more than one.
** She has an impressive use of {{Foreshadowing}}. You know your story is well-planned when ''the shape of a certain hallway'' turns out to be important.
*** For something even more awesome about this entire storyline that Arakawa has concocted, let's seriously pay attention to [[spoiler:TheIlluminati trope and conspiracy theory and list off a number of ways that the Amestrian conspiracy can be said to be similar. We're talking about a shadowy cabal few people know exists secretly ruling all facets of how this country operates, engineering bloody wars and conflicts for its own sinister purposes, working for a being that could in so many ways be called the series' version of {{Satan}} himself, all to fulfill this being's purposes of not only ruling this entire world, but taking over the seat of {{God}}, and all believing that they will share in this being's glory.]] This work, at its core, beyond the remarkable science-based superpowers and further enhanced by the terrific story mechanics and beautiful characters, is about [[spoiler:an ever-growing group of willing and capable human beings (and even a NobleDemon), all scarred by the deception in some form or another, waking up to the truth and coming together to DEFEAT THE ANCIENT WORLD-DEVOURING CONSPIRACY]]. Whether you believe in this sort of thing or not, you have to admire the way Arakawa tackles the theoretical issue, with a story that entails all the pitfalls [[spoiler:of a world at least partially dictated by such an organization]] while still insisting that [[spoiler:they can be beaten]].
* 108. [[spoiler:''Greed'' does a HeroicSacrifice.]] Enough said.
** [[spoiler: While Greed is sacrificing himself, Father asks why he's disobeying him. Greed replies with, "I have finally reached that rebellious age, father!" Awesome.]]
** Ed [[spoiler: punching Father through the chest]], [[spoiler: Truth giving Father his long-awaited comeuppance]], and let's not forget [[spoiler: Ed sacrificing his own ability to do alchemy '''by transmuting his Gate''' (and in the process impressing Truth). Hell, Truth gets his own in that scene with his FamousLastWords:]]
---> [[spoiler: '''Truth''': The back door's...over...there...]]
*** Ed's probably one of the only people to EVER accomplish this, [[spoiler: as he needed to use Al's gate to get back]]
*** Even more awesome in the anime, as Truth ''jawdrops''.
**** Hearing and seeing this scene in the English dub of episode 63 only drives it home even further that this was [[spoiler:God here, clearly celebrating the fact that '''someone finally got it right''']]. ESPECIALLY with [[spoiler:the twist on Truth's [[VoiceOfTheLegion voice]] during that scene]] (see Funimation's crowning moments a bit lower on of the page).
** And of course, seeing [[spoiler: Father, now back to his original form as Homunculus, getting punished by all the shit he pulled thorough the series is very satisfying. Specially when Truth says [[IronicHell it is exactly what he wished for]]...]]
---> "What gives you proper despair for so that you do not become boastful, is '''truth'''. And so, I shall give '''you''' despair, as well. Despair for those who have become boastful. That is the outcome '''you''' desired."
** What about when Lan Fan cuts off Father's arm after Greed makes a HeroicSacrifice?! That was AWESOME.
* It's a much quieter awesome in the face of a series full of sheer balls-out badassery, but let's just look at what Mrs. Bradley had been through since chapter 89. Her husband goes missing, she's taken hostage only to find out that Central command is perfectly willing to let her be a collateral casualty, her son goes missing, then it turns out that both he and her husband are inhuman monsters who've been using her since the beginning of their 'family'. Then her husband is killed, and her son is returned to her as a broken shell. With full knowledge of how deeply she's been tricked, of what her son really is, and with ''everyone'' left at the top of the military telling her it would be best to get rid of any lingering threats, what does she do? Takes Selim home and raises him into a kind, polite child who worries about injured birds, on nothing but willpower, love, and good parenting. ''And'' helps Grumman cement his position as Furher while doing it. Best mom.
* When Gluttony attacks Scar from behind and Scar ''doesn't even turn around'', just reaches behind him and manages to grab Gluttony's head and toasts it.
* Lust is one of the most {{badass}} characters in the series. She blows things up. Nearly oneshots Roy's ENTIRE team (sure she may have failed but she gets points there). Hell, she fuelled the awesome during her battle with Roy. She also attacked Scar and nearly killed him, sparing the Elric brothers. And winning against Marcoh and threatening him.
** Of the homunculi, Lust's death could be argued to be the catalyst for the breakdown of the organisation as a whole. Gluttony and Envy are fairly useless without her leading them. Additionally, she only ever fails due to her arrogance ''caused'' by 250 years worth of her own badassery, rather than a lack of power. Mustang's just lucky that she wanted him to suffer before dying.
* Barry the Chopper barging into the prison and swatting people aside (and terrifying them!) in order to bust the innocent Maria Ross out of there.
** Also, cottoning on to Mustang's girlfriend-code-talk right away when Mustang implies that he needs to use a safer telephone line to speak, was this and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* The way various members of the Northern and Eastern Command are able to transmit information to Roy (who everyone knows is being watched). Basically, except for a phone conversation between Buccaneer and Grumman and a more direct conversation between Grumman and a female soldier named Rebecca, each person meets casually with another and then surreptitiously slips a piece of paper with important information to them, casually mentioning that they should say hi to the next person in the chain. The total effort is a truly impressive example of sneakiness.
* FUNimation earns a [=CMoA=] for reuniting nearly the ENTIRE ORIGINAL CAST for the Brotherhood dub. Even those that are not playing who they played in the original are back. (Creator/AaronDismuke playing [[spoiler: Young Hohenheim]], MonicaRial playing May Chang, TroyBaker playing [[spoiler: the second Greed]]).
** They also earn an extra [=CMoA=] for actually accentuating a moment that's already been mentioned. Specifically, it involves Truth. Whereas in the Japanese version Truth's VoiceOfTheLegion would be an accentuated form of whoever's voice Truth was speaking to at the time, Funimation had Truth strictly voiced by Creator/LuciChristian. [[spoiler:Except during Truth's shout of approval as Ed sacrifices his alchemy in episode 63 - Creator/MaxeyWhitehead and Creator/VicMignogna took over as Truth right at that point in the conversation, creating the effect that Truth broke into a legion voice of Ed and Al out of sheer pleasure at seeing Ed's selflessness!]]
--> [[spoiler:'''''"YOU'VE DONE IT! THAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER! GOOD JOB! YOU BEAT ME! GO AHEAD! TAKE HIM HOME! THE BACK DOOR IS RIGHT OVER THERE! GOODBYE, EDWARD ELRIC!"''''']]
* Scar [[spoiler: killing Shou Tucker.]]
* Where's the love for Isaac [=McDougal=]? [[spoiler:Sure, he shows up ''and'' dies in the first episode, but he STILL nearly destroys the military's headquarters, which we [[{{Foreshadowing}} later find out]] is the home of the bad guys!]] And he does it ''all by himself.''
** And he didn't just happen to [[spoiler:target and nearly destroy the home of the bad guys]]. He knew EXACTLY what was going down. [[spoiler:Albeit in cryptic language, '''he essentially said as much, and Ed figured out what he meant halfway through the story''']]. Pretty awesome for a filler character, eh?
* The Truth's morality is certainly questionable, but no denying that it's [[spoiler: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Father was awesome. It tells him that he's the same as when he when he was inside the flask and that he's no better than humans, that he was a fool to assume that casting aside parts of his emotions would elevate him above humanity, and that all he's done is steal power from others.]]

'''2003 Anime Version'''

* Ed has a bevy of moments:
** The first time he performs alchemy without a transmutation circle.
** His statue pwnage of Cornello in the second episode, showing for the first time just how powerful he really is.
** The way he defeated #48 by using ''Scar's'' alchemy technique.
*** There's also the PreAssKickingOneLiner. Since #48 is actually the souls of two murderer brothers bound to one suit of armor (Ed defeats one by knocking off the head containing the blood seal, but his brother, whose seal is on his body, simply picks it up and replaces it). The second brother, moving in for the killing blow, yells "This is for my brother!" Ed, injured and with his automail failing, almost gives up, but then he thinks of Al (who will be stuck forever as a suit of armor if Ed dies here) and enters his HeroicSecondWind with a shout of "And ''this'' is for ''mine''!" [[HilarityEnsues Asskicking ensues.]]
** His entire battle with Greed: "Let's start!" "Let's ''finish''!"
** Countering Scar's destruction alchemy by subtly changing the composition of his automail.
* Al, of course, isn't without his moments:
** When he gets pissed and charges down Wrath.
** When he outsmarts and defeats Kimblee. "Devious bastard", indeed.
** In the final episode, using his own Philosopher's Stone body to fuel the world's first successful human resurrection.
** How about in the fifth episode, on the train to Central where the would-be hijackers turn around. Never has the word "Welcome" been more sinister or amazing.
--> '''Kimblee''': At the end of the day, a human being is not much more than the components used to create a common bomb. If you think about it we're not that special, not you, not me, we're all empty. We're all worthless.
--> '''Al''': I may be empty... ''[[ShutUpHannibal but not worthless!]]''
** He gets another great ShutUpHannibal moment (Al's good at these) in the final episode when he basically tells Dante to shove it when she tries to stop him from using his Philosopher's Stone to bring Ed back to life: "Stay back! You can't tell me what to do!"
* Roy vs. Pride: "I don't know how long you've lived, Fuhrer, or how many times you've cheated death, but not anymore. It's the end of the line." Badass incineration ensues.
* The Ed vs Mustang fight in Episode 13.
* Ed and Alphonse making their way up to Dietline Eckhart's ship in Conqueror of Shamballa movie.
* Ed revealing his Automail to Rose and Cornello in the first episode.
* Despite mainly being a FauxActionGirl in the adaptation, Hawkeye gets one when she ''trips'' Mustang to stop him from inadvertently getting himself killed against Scar.
* Scar versus murderous biker gang. Let's just say flying limbs are involved.
** Scar's dispatching of Basque Grand is pretty awesome too. Gran is a feared hand-to-hand combatant and, when they meet, is in possession of Dr. Marcoh's powerful Philosopher's Stone copy, which previously has enabled Grand to transform into a human buttkicking machine. Scar, however, eliminates him as easily as if he's blowing his nose.
** The Scar vs. Grand fight in ''Brotherhood'' is also quite cool for both combatants. In this incarnation, Grand's alchemy allows him to summon cannons, maces, and bladed chains to throw at Scar. When Scar sidesteps this onslaught, Grand traps Scar in a giant iron box. Against almost anyone else, this probably would've been a victory for Grand right there. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually know what Scar can do, and gets a little too close to the box, allowing Scar to just blow a hole in the cage and [[YourHeadAsplode do his thing with Grand's head]]. This fight is especially nice for fans of Grand; because in the manga, he was revealed, in an {{omake}} no less, to have been taken out in a sneak attack while walking home. In this version, at least he doesn't go out like a chump.
* In his fight with Wrath and Sloth at the factory, Ed does what we've all been waiting for the entire series and transmutes a BUNCH of guns onto his automail. To quote Bruce Willis, "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho." Also counts for a [=CMoA=] for Wrath, who one-ups Ed almost immediately by transmuting many more guns into * his* arm and starts shooting.
* King Bradley is stalking after a (relatively innocent) chimera, who tries to hide (at Al's suggestion) in Al's armor. Bradley walks up, sword drawn, [[TranquilFury a wide smile on his face]], and greets him: "Good morning, Alphonse!" ''While sliding his sword down Al's neck.'' He pulls the sword out and walks away, leaving Alphonse dripping blood through the seams in his armor. KickTheDog made into an art form.
* Izumi Curtis taking on ''the entire military'' including the powerful alchemist [[ColonelBadass Alex Armstrong]], at the same time, in order [[MamaBear to get Wrath back from them]] [[OneManArmy and almost succeeding]] was extremely BadAss.
** The fact that Armstrong was nursing the wrong side of himself suggests he at least threw the fight. Doesn't make it any less badass.
* Ed's FinalBattle with Greed is one of the best animated sequences in the show, and is very often cited when people discuss favorite anime fight scenes.
* And who can forget the moment during the warehouse battle when Edward did what fans of the series had wanted him to do since it first aired: transmute his automail arm into a freakin' Tommy Gun?
* Envy gets one in the final episode. Almost everyone is terrified of going into the Gate, where all sorts of mysterious, flesh-eating creatures dwell. However, when Envy finds out Hohenheim is on the other side of the Gate, he just strides through it like he owns the place and tells the Gate-creatures to fuck off, 'cause he's got a papa to kill.
* [[CoolVersusAwesome Wrath versus Mutated!Gluttony]]. In particular, after eating some Red Stones, Wrath proceeds to '''kick ass'''.
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