This is a short summary page for characters from the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga series and its anime adaptation ''Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood''. '''Note''': For the page about the characters from the first anime, see Characters.FullmetalAlchemistAnime.

This page deals with the Main Characters of the series.

'''Warning: There are no spoiler tags on this page whatsoever.'''

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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]
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The protagonist of the series. Seeks the secret of the Philosopher's Stone so he can undo the mistakes of his past of trying to bring back his mother to life. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind the country he lives in drives the story.

->Voiced by: Creator/RomiPark (JP), Creator/VicMignogna (EN)
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* AccidentalPervert: He almost sees Winry naked when she starts undressing, without realizing Ed is in the room with her.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Young Ed. He more or less kept it when he grew up, only now it makes him seem high-strung and unpleasant.
* AlliterativeName
* AlwaysSecondBest: Ed's brother Al always wins their sparring matches. Makes sense 'cause Al is, ya know, a ''living suit of armour''. It’s 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 Izumi’s tutelage.
* AnArmAndALeg: Lost his left leg attempting human transmutation, sacrificed his right arm to retrieve Al's soul. He eventually gets the arm back but the leg stays gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: His automail, of course.
* 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.
* BabiesEverAfter: With Winry.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBoast: Extremely satisfying example in the last battle against the Father.
--->'''Edward''': Get up you novice. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown I'm about to show you how outclassed you really are.]] This fight you lose.
** BadassBookworm
** [[BadassLongcoat Badass Long]] [[BringMyRedJacket Red Jacket]]
** BadassTransplant
** HandicappedBadass: ''Technically'', but his automail usually more than compensates.
*** Still handcapped, but has both arms now.
** RetiredBadass: In the DistantFinale. And even then Al mentions that Ed and him are working on new forms of alchemy
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Winry.
* BerserkButton: [[TheNapoleon "WHO ARE YOU CALLING A]] [[TwistingTheWords TINY LITTLE BEAN SPROUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE!?!"]]
** [[PhraseCatcher "LIKE I SAID, THAT'S]] [[RunningGag NOT WHAT I SAID!!!]]
** "If you think I'll let you harm A HAIR ON HER HEAD...!"
** "I HATE MILK!"
** "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend WHAT GIRLFRIEND!?]]"
** Ok, yeah, [[HairTriggerTemper He's got a lot of them]]. But there are, In his words, "some lines you really shouldn't cross". Harm Winry (mentioned above), harm his brother, or disregard 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}}: Especially more so in May Chang's fantasies of him.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: His iconic armblade.
* BladeOnAStick: Frequently makes an elaborate spear out of his alchemy for combat. [[TheWorfBarrage Said creations usually get very little use]].
* BraidsOfAction: Rare male example.
* BrattyHalfPint: And yet the ''main character''.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Willingly sacrifices his ability to use alchemy to get back Alphonse.
* ButtMonkey
* 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.
* 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...=]''
* ChekhovsGunman: One of the necessary "sacrifices" required for Father to absorb God.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Winry.
* ChildMage: Started alchemy at a very young age.
* ChildSoldier: Received a State Alchemist's certification at the age of 12.
** Which technically gives him the rank of ''Major''.
* TheCoatsAreOff: He doesn't take off his jacket, he ''rips it off''.
* CodeName[=/=]RedBaron: [[TitleDrop Fullmetal Alchemist]]
* CombatBreakdown: 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."
* ChildProdigy / TeenGenius: Gets admitted into the military as a State Alchemist at the age of 12. At the age of 10 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.
* CosmicPlaything: Is he ever. Though this does lead to a rather satisfying CallBack by Ed at the end of the series, "A lesson without pain is meaningless."
* 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.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: PlayedForLaughs, as this happens whenever somebody [[BerserkButton calls him short.]]
* TheCynic
* CynicismCatalyst: The whole [[{{Necromantic}} human transmutation]] experience and Nina made him far more cynical and bitter, though he still strives to be heroic.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially with Mustang.
* DestructiveSavior: On par with Major Alex Armstrong, if not THE poster child.
* {{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: For Winry. They eventually marry.
* DisappearedDad: His father left, with his mother awaiting his return until she died of an illness. The reasons for this are ''very'' grand, but Ed remains bitter.
* DoesNotLikeGuns
* [[DoesNotLikeSpam Does Not Like Milk]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: 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.
* ExactEavesdropping: He learns that what he created was not his mother by eavesdropping a conversation between Hohenheim and Pinako.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Not a good thing with his... [[TheNapoleon vertical deficiency complex]]. [[BerserkButton Seriously]].
* 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
* ExtraOreDinary: His and Al's alchemy specialty.
* FragileSpeedster: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. 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: Once he was outfitted with cold-weather automail, he truly became a force to be reckoned with.
* 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.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: No surprise that he does this a lot, as you can see above!
* GraspTheSun: Does this in two opening credits.
* GuiltComplex: Type 3.
* HairTriggerTemper: You could say he has a very... ''[[IncrediblyLamePun short]]'' temper. Considering his height insecurity, he might be trying to make up for
* 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: Ed is the patron saint of this trope. If the slightest thing goes wrong, Ed goes spinning off into a BSOD. 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.
* HonorBeforeReason: This [[StupidGood trait]] nearly gets him killed against Kimblee.
---> "Die?! You just don't know anything about Edward Elric!"
* HurtingHero: Boy is he ever.
* 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: Somewhat. 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 '''two times''' over the course of the series to poor Edward; Nina's death, and then Hughes' death.
* InsufferableGenius: Of Poirot-ean proportions.
* InTheBlood: 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.
* 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 Alphonse resents 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.
* 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 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: How he saved Al's soul from crossing over, trading his arm to be able to keep his brother's soul in a suit of armour.
* 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: Normally tied in a braid.
* MagicKnight: A very skilled alchemist whose mentor put him in TrainingFromHell to make him good at fighting as well.
* MajorlyAwesome: State alchemists all have the rank of major (Or higher).
* 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.
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* 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 licence 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. 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 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, [[SheIsAllGrownUp 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.]]
** But 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 shit. (Alternatively, he is not this, and is not convinced that the Truth is God.)
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Mustang's Noble Male.
* 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 pipsqueak]] to make sure he's not Envy in disguise. Ed reacts promptly.
* ObliviousToLove: At first.
* OrphansOrdeal
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother died of an illness, and his father disappeared with her waiting for him up until she died.
* 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. So far, 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. He reversed Pride's attempt to possess him.He has also shown that he's capable of copying the Humonculi's 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 Denny Brosh, 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.
* 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 and Mustang's blue.
* ScarsAreForever: Decides against regaining his leg as a reminder of his journey and the consequences of his actions.
** 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: Manly Man to Alphonse's Sensitive Guy.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: When Hohenheim was young, he seemed have 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 ethnically member of the lost Xerxes civilization.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: With Winry. "She's my mechanic! Nothing more!"
* ShipperOnDeck: Has been playing matchmaker to Ling and Lan Fan as well as Roy and Riza. You know it's sad when ''[[CannotSpitItOut Ed]]'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt can see it]].
** He also 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.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Apparently decides he wants 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, and eventually marries Winry.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Ed tends to fall asleep a lot during the day. Like BigEater above, he theorizes that this is because he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing rest.
* SpitTake: When Hawkeye asks him if he loves Winry.
* 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: Apparently he can turn himself into a philosopher's stone to destroy homunculi from inside.
** The ability to turn himself into a philosopher's stone was foreshadowed after his battle against Kimblee. Now, being able to use that ability to hijack homunculi...
* SympathyForTheDevil: After Envy's defeat, Ed realizes that Envy that is actually jealous 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: He makes a sole exception for Father.]]
* TerribleArtist: His attempt at drawing Shao May sucks. Al even says it looks like an alien.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Most of what he makes through alchemy could look good in a Death Metal concert. 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.
* 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}}
* TsurimeEyes
* UnSorcerer: He sacrifices his own personal Gate to bring Al's body back, meaning he can no longer perform alchemy.
* UnstoppableRage: He goes completely berserk against Father after Al's HeroicSacrifice. And it's AWESOME!
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Mustang, Ling, and Scar, after the latter's HeelFaceTurn. Let's just say anyone Ed befriends are likely to develop this type of relationship with him. Even Julia Crichton from TheMovie forms this with Ed.
* 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.
* WackyMarriageProposal: To Winry. "Equivalent Exchange! I'll give you half of my life if you give me half of yours!"
* WalkingTheEarth: At the end, he goes west for more research and create a replacement rule for alchemy.
* 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: "I'm not sexist!"
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: To Scar regarding a relatively minor matter "Hearing you agree with me makes me mad for some reason..."
* YoureNotMyFather: Typically refers to his father as "Hohenheim," until the last chapter, when he tells Hohenheim "You're useless, Dad!" in response to his offering to sacrifice himself to bring Al back.
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[[folder:Alphonse "Al" Elric]]
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'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Balanced Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Alchemy without an Array]
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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.

->Voiced by: Creator/RieKugimiya (JP), Creator/MaxeyWhitehead (EN)
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* AchillesHeel: His blood seal is his one real weakness.
* 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.
* AnimatedArmor
* {{Badass}}: Almost as much as his brother.
* BadassAdorable: A sweet boy with a soft spot for kittens who is a living armor alchemist.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted; due to the constant fighting, his armor gets thinned out to extend it (to fix his arm) and his "hair" gets torn.
* 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 reaction is still just 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 Bullet Proof Armor]]: It's impressive how a 20th century suit of armor can ''bounce'' bullets off it without so much as a scratch.
* ChekhovsGunman: Like Ed, he was one of the necessary "sacrifices" required for Father to absorb God.
* ChildMage
* ChildProdigy: Might be even better than his brother at alchemy.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: After blaming himself for the deaths of 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.
* CornerOfWoe: In contrast to his brother, making fun of Al's size or armor results in this.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In his human body, he has golden hair and eyes.
* 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.
* CutenessProximity: He's a KindheartedCatLover, and wanted to keep Shao May when he found her alone.
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DisappearedDad: Like his brother Ed. He's much happier to have him back when they see him again than Ed.
* ExtraOreDinary: His and Ed's alchemy specialty.
* 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
* HeroicBastard: Like his brother.
* HeroicBSOD: 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: Anyone who refused 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,'' without getting too upset about it, deserves to be poster boy for this trope.
** Seeing as his blood seal was cracked, Ed had lost his right arm and Ed was pinned against a rock and about to have his life force drained by the Big Bad, ''he gives back his soul so that Ed could have his original right arm back''. Thankfully he gets better when Ed comes back to claim him.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With May.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Feels responsible for the deaths of Nina, Martel and Hughes.
* JapaneseSiblingTerminology: Al always calling Ed "nii-san". It is carried over into English translations as "brother" (sometimes more literally as "big brother").
* KindheartedCatLover: He hides them in his armor so Ed won't insist he abandon them.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Literally. May also thinks of him as this.
* LastOfHisKind: By descent, he and Ed are 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.
* MaybeEverAfter: It's implied that he hooked up with May since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* MightyGlacier: [[DownplayedTrope Though he's pretty quick for]] AnimatedArmor. He's naturally slower than his brother, but is often able to keep up with him.
* 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 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.
* 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 (as a result of her delusion of him). Rather than take it calmly or even defend him, he's 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 fight and a gentleman. Quite out of character and hilarious.
* OrphansOrdeal
* ParentalAbandonment: He takes it much better than Ed does and retained a sunny disposition. However, he was younger than Ed and Ed's role of [[PromotedtoParent becoming the man of the house]] may have gotten something to do with it.
* PunnyName: The Japanese transliteration and pronunciation of "Al" is "Aru". This is also 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. (One of two)
* SenseLossSadness:
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Edward's 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, says it as if he was correcting Ed about a math problem and doesn't get flustered at all. They ''still'' get together in the DistantFinale.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Edward and Winry. "Brother is so youthful!"
* ShrinkingViolet: To a certain extent. Made even more apparent in contrast to his [[BerserkButton easily angered]] brother.
* SiblingYinYang: With Ed.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Whereas Ed looks like Hohenheim, Al looks like a blonde, male version of Trisha.
* TaremeEyes: His human body has them.
* 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 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.
* WalkingTheEarth: At the end he goes east to Xing. Which Ed [[ShipperOnDeck teases him for.]]
* 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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'''Affiliation:''' Amestris Military\\
'''Rank''': Colonel\\
'''Specialty:''' Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics/Alchemy Without an Array]
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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.

->Voiced by: Creator/ShinichiroMiki (JP), Creator/TravisWillingham (EN)
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* TheAce: Easily the best State Alchemist in terms of power, a brilliant strategist, and well known and loved by many women in addition to being a war hero and being the first character to kill a homunculus! By the end of the series, he has the highest homunculus body count.
** BrokenAce: Ishval did a number on him, and he never forgave himself for it.
* TheAtoner: His main motive for becoming Fuhrer is to ensure that nothing like Ishval ever happens again. According to Riza, his ultimate goal would most likely lead to him getting tried and quite possibly put in jail for what he did in Ishval - and he's just fine with that.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: By far the most {{badass}} member of his unit, as well as the resistance he organized.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Ed and Ling when Envy and Gluttony destroy their safehouse; briefly with Riza under the Fifth Laboratory.
* {{Badass}}: Probably the most powerful of all the State Alchemists. Incinerated Lust and curbstomped Envy with no effort, and he actually had to be injured twice and blinded in the final battle against Father [[StoryBreakerPower to preserve]] [[DramaPreservingHandicap the drama]].
** BadassBoast: To Lust: ''You said it takes more than that to kill you, right? Then I'll just keep killing you until you die!''
** BadassBookworm: On the same vein with Ed.
** BadassFingersnap: His main attack.
** BadassInANiceSuit: Less obviously than with Kimblee, but he always wears either a uniform with a dress shirt underneath or a suit. The only exception is when he's in the hospital.
** BadassLongcoat: White or (mainly) black, depending on the task.
** ColonelBadass
** FourStarBadass: At the very end of the manga.
** HandicappedBadass: Temporarily. He gets his sight back.
* BattleCouple: With Riza.
* BeardOfSorrow: While grieving Hughes' death.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Some fans took issue with his only losing his sight after meeting Truth, rather than his actual eyes, accusing Arakawa of simply not wanting him to be ugly during the climax. Justified in that he was literally forced to perform human transmutation. Him just losing his sight did teach him something valuable, but he didn't commit the hubris of transmustation to warrant losing his eyes (in an extended story, there was an alchemist who lost his eyes trying to bring his friends' daughter back).
* BerserkButton: He doesn't take kindly to being reminded that he's useless when wet.
** And unless you want to literally die in a fire, don't threaten or hurt his subordinates. ''Especially'' not Riza. It's also not a good idea to hit on her (Barry the Chopper) or accuse her of enjoying killing (Kimblee)...on the whole, it's just not wise to mess with his LivingEmotionalCrutch in any way.
** Also, absolutely, never ever, ''FOR THE LOVE OF GOD'', admit that you are the one who killed his best friend, and '''ESPECIALLY, ''do not brag about it!''''' Because you will get your ass [[KillItWithFire handed to you charcoaled]].
*** Don't forget the [[EyeScream flash-broiled eyes]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Pulls one on Ed and his team, while the latter are engaging a horde of immortal mooks and are slowly but surely losing. Mustang pops in, asks if they're in need of help, and proceeds to set every single one of the mooks ablaze, clearing the whole room in under two seconds.
* BloodKnight: A unusual example. Roy freely admits after his battle with Lust that he actually enjoys fighting a homunculus because it makes him feel human again and that he enjoys that feeling.
* ByronicHero: Actually a subversion. Mustang is certainly saddled with a lot of {{angst}} and guilt from Ishval, and although he is set up to be an AntiHero when he stages Maria Ross' murder he remains one of the most idealistic characters in the entire series.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: They weigh him down. A lot.
* ChekhovsGunman: While not quite obvious from the get-go, Father's been eyeing him as a "sacrifice" required to absorb God for some time. ''Almost'' failed, too. But alas, [[TheChessmaster Father is Father]].
* TheChessmaster: Sometimes successfully (the [[FakingTheDead Maria Ross incident]]), sometimes not so much ("''Scar feeding cats, King Bradley is a homunculus...''")
* ChessMotif: Refers to his five closest subordinates using the names of chess pieces; he himself is the king.
* CodeName: [[PlayingWithFire The Flame Alchemist]].
* CombatPragmatist: Envy found out very painfully that [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talking ISN'T a free action]], pretending to be allies doesn't work (although Envy should have picked someone who was alive), and Mustang goes for the [[EyeScream EYES]].
** Subversion: the one thing he lets Envy get away with is TransformationIsAFreeAction. Doubly subverted when he boils its eyes immediately afterwards, remarking how stupid it was to make his target bigger for him.
** Another subversion: Mustang declares that he's going to let him regenerate each time before he resumes the torching, instead of getting it over with as fast as possible. He does this explicitly to make it suffer over and over again for Hughes' death.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Implied once in the manga. When he first sees Barry the Chopper put his hands on Riza (who clearly doesn't like it), Roy responds by pulling on his ignition gloves and telling her to stand aside because "there's going to be a ''fire'' tonight." It's noteworthy that the font of his speech bubbles changes for this scene, and he's shown to be literally growling.
* CurbStompBattle: Completely crushes Envy in what is unquestionably the single most one-sided battle against a homunculus in the entire series. It's so bad that Mustang's ''own allies'' have to jump in to stop him from crossing the MoralEventHorizon.
* {{Determinator}}: Stabbing him through the abdomen won't stop him. Being forced to cauterize his own wounds won't stop him. Destroying his gloves won't stop him. Not even ''losing his eyesight'' will stop him for long. He will fight, and he ''will'' win.
* DiscardAndDraw: Loses his eyesight as a result of being forced through the Gate, but gains the ability to perform "clapping" alchemy on more than just flame.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: When Edward "ObliviousToLove" Elric picks up on how much two people care about each other, it's pretty obvious.
-->'''Ed:''' And don't go worrying the Lieutenant.
* EyeScream: Inflicts this on Envy during his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, by flash-boiling the water in Envy's eyeballs. Twice.
* AFatherToHisMen: Part of the reason Team Mustang is recognized in the fandom as TrueCompanions.
* TheFettered: He refuses to back down even after his plan is temporarily foiled by Wrath, and his goal involves getting himself tried for the war crimes he committed in Ishval. He won't sacrifice a life if he can help it, [[ThouShaltNotKill including enemies' lives]], and refuses to do Human Transmutation even when Hawkeye gets her throat slit.
* GenreSavvy: Tells Hughes not to talk about his loved ones in Ishval because "those characters always get shot in the next battle." He's referring to novels.
** Also sharp enough to pick up on the fact that Hawkeye is trying to relay a secret message to him in the form using names and places in a (harmless sounding) conversation. It spells out SELIM BRADLEY IS A HOMUNCULUS.
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Subverted when it is revealed that he feels immensely guilty for [[MyGreatestFailure his actions in Ishval; being considered a war hero for committing mass murder sickens him and he actually ''wishes'' he was in jail for it.]]
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: If it wasn't apparent that Envy had just pressed Mustang's BerserkButton '''big time''', then his eyes narrowing to a slit makes it terrifyingly so. He's stopped right before he really goes off the deep end, though, then returns to normal.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has a scar on the back of his hand from when he had to cut a transmutation circle into it to kill Lust.
** Presumably he also gained one on his right side from the same battle, although it's never confirmed because we never see him with his shirt open again.
* GuileHero
* HappilyAdopted: Implied. He was raised by his father's sister, and they are obviously very fond of one another.
* HealItWithFire: He's skilled enough to cauterize severe wounds with his alchemy, and puts it to good use saving himself and Havoc. Of course, he admits that he almost passed out from the pain of doing so.
* HeroicBSOD: He has a brief one in the ''Brotherhood'' anime when Bradley plays the LoveIsAWeakness card and announces that he's making Riza his own personal assistant, essentially holding her hostage for Roy's good behavior. The poor guy's face turns ''gray''.
* HeroKiller: Inverted. He's the only character whose mere presence is enough to constitute a deadly threat to the [[HeroKiller Homunculi]], making him a Hero Killer Killer.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Especially after the Maria Ross incident.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He's aware of this possibility happening on his quest to reform the military, namely that he may become as bad as the current regime, so he makes Hawkeye promise to shoot him if he ever goes off the deep end.
** Good thing he does, too, because he comes alarmingly close to becoming this when he takes revenge on Envy and begins to lose himself in his hatred. The aforementioned promise is a big part of what snaps him out of it.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: He says something like this to Hughes's grave after his funeral, and then later says it almost word-for-word to Riza when her throat is cut. It's even closer to an exact quote in the ''Brotherhood'' anime.
-->'''Roy:''' Don't you dare die! Stay with me, Lieutenant!
* HurtingHero: Justified, considering the Ishval massacre that he regrets.
* IAmAMonster: Invokes this trope to explain why he's somehow eager to fight Homunculi: he only feels completely human when fighting [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman ''true'' monsters.]]
* ICanStillFight: He needs Hawkeye to help him aim after he loses his eyesight, but his flames are as hot as ever.
* IfIDoNotReturn: Played with in one scene, when he says this to Riza and she refuses to leave if he doesn't come back. To his amusement, he can only get her to agree as long as he promises to return.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Subverted. While Ed, Hawkeye, and Scar all step in to stop him from killing Envy, they do so to prevent him from [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing himself in his hatred]], with all of them agreeing that Envy deserves to die either way.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: With a snap of his fingers, he makes Envy's eyeballs explode, leaving the rest of the face relatively intact.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Grumman. They play chess on their time off.
* InternalReformist: Of the "working the system" variety.
* JerkassFacade: Master of it. So much that he deserves to be the TropeCodifier.
* LargeHam: When distracting some officers over the radio in episode 18.
* TheLeader: He's charismatic enough to get everyone underneath his command (and several people who ''outrank'' him) to conspire on what is essentially a military coup.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: For Riza.
* ManlyTears: Once. ''Almost'' twice, although the second time he covered it with a lot of shouting.
* MaybeEverAfter: Although he and Riza have an incredibly close relationship based on their shared history and future goals, and are strongly implied on many occasions to have more than platonic feelings for each other underneath their professional masks, we are given no indication of whether or not TheyDo after the series ends. The ''Chronicles'' book further confirms that they remain together for the rest of their lives, but are unable to marry because of military regulations.
* MeaningfulName: Roy is old French for "King", creating an interesting parallel to Bradley, whose first name actually ''is'' "King".
** The P-51 '''Mustang''' was considered the best fighter plane in WWII.
*** Carried further back, as the Colonel, like the fighter plane, was most likely named for the "wild, untamed horse" who bucks the master's (in this case, Bradley's) commands.
*** Perhaps just a coincidence, but "Mustang" is also a slang term in the US military for commissioned officers who began their careers as enlisted soldiers.
* TheMenFirst: Insists on Havoc being treated before him despite his own intense injuries.
* MilkyWhiteEyes: As a visual effect when he goes blind.
** GrayEyes in anime, no pupils either.
* MrFanservice: So very, ''very'' much. About the only way his {{Fanservice}} factor could be increased would be if he got as many {{shirtless scene}}s as Ed.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: To the point that whenever his ''allies'' hear [[RedBaron the Flame Alchemist]] is about to take the stage they have a collective OhCrap moment and promptly clear the field.
* NoBadassToHisValet: Yes, he's the powerful Flame Alchemist and even some of his allies are afraid of him. But his "precious subordinate" Riza has no qualms about sassing or even bullying him if the need arises, and he wouldn't dream of retaliating; the only time he's ever seen acting even remotely ''annoyed'' with her, it's because [[DeathByDespair she almost]] ''[[DeathByDespair died]]''.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Noble Male to Ed's Roguish Male.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers this to Envy after admitting that he killed Maes Hughes.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Normally he's very strategic, professional, and pretty guarded, playing StraightMan to semi-comedic subordinates like Hughes. ''However,'' there are also a good few instances of him goofing around. He seems to enjoy acting like an obnoxious bro over the phone just a little ''too'' much. He even admits to this when he's screwing with the military radio to throw them off Scar's trail in Episode 21.
--->'''Mustang''': Attention! This is Sector 3 Patrol! We're under attack from Scar! Request immediate backup. What? No! [[LargeHam No! NOOOOO! AUUUGH!]] *disconnects the radio* Alright. On to Sector 17. Ohohoho! This is pretty fun!
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Though more like obfuscating perversion.
* OneManArmy: With his flame alchemy he can wipe out entire cities with a snap. Think what he can do to soldiers in formation.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: His completely out of place remark about the chicks in the East to Armstrong when he's pretending he charred Maria Ross.
* OverrankedSoldier: In the eyes of several of his contemporaries. Until Edward Elric, Roy was the youngest State Alchemist in the country's history, which made him a Major in the military at the ripe old age of twenty. The result is that by the time he turned thirty, he had already become a ColonelBadass. Many of the other, older commanding officers resent and/or dislike Roy for a number of reasons, this being one of them.
** He's then a full general before the age of 40.
* ParentalAbandonment: One of the guidebooks reveals that ''both'' of his parents died when he was young, leaving his father's sister to care for him.
* ParentalSubstitute: To the Elric brothers. Since their mom is dead and the father is long gone, (at first) he generally fills in the mentor role of being a parent, if not exactly the 'nurturing' part. Though this is more evident with Ed because of their shared status as state alchemists (Roy having been the youngest in state history before Ed came along.) One scene even has Hughes pestering Roy about the two brothers and how they are too young to endure the hard reality of military life, and Roy just sighs and says he's their commanding officer, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not their father.]] [[TheStoic Riza]], of all people, is better at the 'nurture' part, although she mainly confined to showing [[SugarAndIcePersonality the more caring part of her personality]] to animals (in a firm but fair way) and [[FriendToAllChildren children.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Destroys city blocks by snapping his fingers.
* PietaPlagiarism: With the dying Riza.
* PlayingWithFire: His alchemy.
* PostVictoryCollapse: After defeating Lust.
* RankUp: In the epilogue. The stars on his epaulets indicate he's made General.
* RedBaron: The Flame Alchemist. Also doubles as Roy's CodeName.
** The Strongest State Alchemist.
** [[EldritchAbomination Pride]] also calls him "The Most Troublesome State Alchemist".
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Edward's red. (One of two)
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After finding out Envy was the one who killed Hughes, he goes on one of these. ''Man'', does he ever. It's pretty furious in the manga, but the anime takes it UpToEleven: at one point, he loses it completely and just keeps on firing ceaselessly until Envy turns to dust. And even then, the only thing keeping him from crushing its true form under his foot is the thought of harming [[SubordinateExcuse Riza. ]]
* SandInMyEyes: "It's raining."
* SmartPeoplePlayChess
* SonOfAWhore: His foster mother and biological aunt is the 'madam' of a whore house, and he gets the bulk of his information from the girls that work for her.
* SpamAttack: How he kills Lust.
* StuffBlowingUp: Again, part and parcel of being the Flame Alchemist.
* SuperpowerLottery: See {{Badass}} above.
* SupportingLeader: He's not TheHero, but he is the heroes' direct superior and he's the one to lead the resistance against the BigBad. This is why he can be seen as a BigGood.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Amusingly enough, Arakawa mentions in the third guidebook that she never intended him to be this way, despite the widespread fandom reaction. She states that he really isn't all that tall and although he's not bad looking, he isn't ravishingly handsome either. Most fandom estimates using Ed (the only canonical height ever given) as a baseline put him around or just under six feet.
* TeamDad: To his subordinates, with Riza acting as the TeamMom.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: After Envy confesses to be Hughes' killer, Mustang slips into this mindset, intent on sending Envy straight to hell with a death as painful as possible. He succeeds in completely obliterating the homunculus' vessel, preparing to go through with a merciless finish on his now helpless opponent. Riza and Scar stop him, noting that such a brutal finish would latch onto his leadership capacity as well.
* TookALevelInBadass: Not that he actually ''needed'' to take one, but, while he temporarily loses his eyesight, he also gains the ability to transmute without a circle. It can be assumed that, although he's recovered his sight, he retained this skill.
* TrickedOutGloves: They help him with his alchemy.
* TroubledButCute
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Riza. Arakawa's comments verify that the only reason they aren't married by the end of the series is the anti-fraternization law. She has also confirmed that Roy eventually achieves his goal of becoming Fuhrer, which may allow for a change in their relationship.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: As a part of his [[ObfuscatingStupidity facade]]. The women he is seen with are part of his hidden information system. Still, one of the novels implies that he thoroughly enjoys the company of the fairer sex even outside his information system. It's not as if he can be blamed, either, with working long hours in an environment that's 10% female at best.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Ed. They drive each other nuts, but it becomes pretty apparent that they also always have each other's backs. It's alluded to this being because they're so alike at heart, but very different outwardly.
-->'''Ed''': The Colonel may be a bastard, but he's trustworthy.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Repeatedly said to be totally ineffective if under rain or if wet. Not entirely accurate; he just can't use his alchemy if his ''gloves'' get wet, as they're made of a special ignition cloth to create the necessary spark. However, if he has another source of fire available (not even fire, all he needs for his alchemy is the appropriate circle and a spark - such as from a lighter), pray for deliverance. We're looking at you, Lust.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: In contrast to his [[TheChessmaster other behavior]], his fighting style is simple: KillItWithFire. And if that doesn't work, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill kill it with more]]!
* YouCanBarelyStand: His final confrontation with Lust.
-->"I almost passed out a few times."
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Best Friend]]: What he asks of several people suspected of killing Hughes, though when he finally finds the real person (Envy) he skips straight to the incinerating.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: He enacted a plan to make it appear that he burned Maria Ross to death (it was actually a fake cadaver, and Ross was being sneaked out of the country). Ross was under arrest for the murder of Maes Hughes and was to be executed, so Mustang saved her life while making it appear to the higher ups that his desire for vengeance was quenched. All the while, Ross's friends and family continue to think she's dead, making Mustang a bloodthirsty murderer in their eyes (at least until they learn the truth).
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[[folder:Ling Yao]]
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'''Affiliation:''' Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao\\
'''Rank''': 12th Prince of Xing\\
'''Speciality:''' Swordsmanship/Martial-Arts]
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Ling Yao is a member of the Xing Royal Family, and has the powers that come with it. His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/''Brotherhood'' anime.

->Voiced by: Creator/MamoruMiyano (JP), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (EN)
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* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Well [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Xingese]] anyway, and he and the other Xingese characters all fit this trope's stereotype of Chinese people as martial arts masters, though its justified in the fact that every Xingese character so far has been either a noble or a noble's bodyguard, and thus would have been trained in martial arts from a young age.
* AntiHero: Extremely greedy and selfish in his motivations - which of course made him the perfect candidate to host the 2nd Greed. While it's true his ultimate goals are positive and he's very loyal to people he's made connections with, he doesn't have qualms with getting food and information by means of extortion.
* BadassNormal: Does not know alchemy or alkahestry at all, yet manages to be on the same league as Edward or Roy in combat.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: After accepting Greed. Remember how the first Greed couldn't hope to take on Wrath in a one on one fight? The second Greed can nearly hold his own against him, combining Greed's ultra-durability with Ling's martial prowess.
* BenevolentBoss: Ling might run off on them a lot, but he really does care a great deal about his bodyguards and is very protective over them. See also AFatherToHisMen and ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* BerserkButton: He doesn't explode in the manner of, say, Ed, but just ''try'' to convince Ling that subjects to authority are [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] (''[[IWillOnlySlowYouDown including yourself!]]'') and it will ensure that he will have a serious bone to pick with you.
* BerserkerTears: In a terrifying manner when Wrath/King Bradley kills Fu.
* BigEater: In fact, he's been known to collapse if he doesn't get enough to eat, which could be ObfuscatingStupidity except that his bodyguards seemed legitimately worried about the possibility when they couldn't find him. If it's for real, it might make him a HandicappedBadass. Unsurprisingly, though, it's not a problem for Greed.
* BigScrewedUpFamily
* BroughtDownToNormal: Though, it seems [[HeroicSacrifice it was Greed's decision to do so.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Ling is a gifted martial artist who is able to hold his own when fighting against Homunculi, despite having no superpowers. Notable accomplishments: fending off Wrath one-handed while carrying a wounded Lan Fan with his other arm, and being able to lift up Gluttony, one of the heavier Homunculi.
* CombatPragmatist: He's definitely not afraid to fight dirty, and it helps him stay alive in a world full of dangerous alchemists and Homunculi. An early example is constantly running into King Bradley's apparent "blind spot" caused by his eyepatch. He even keeps some powder in his sword scabbard so that when he whips his blade out, it'll get in his opponent's eyes. Justified by his background and how he learned after surviving several assassination attempts.
--> '''Ling:''' "If you want to
* CoolSword
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Sure didn't see that one coming.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Like all other less-than-elderly Xingese. Until he gets possessed by Greed, after which they become the characteristic purple-red of most of the other Homunculi.
* DealWithTheDevil: Or in this case, deal with Father, who is practically the devil. Ling agrees to let Greed possess him, effectively making him into a humonculus, if it means he'll be that much closer to obtaining a Philosopher's Stone and thus the secret to immortality.
* {{Determinator}}: Willing to do ''ANYTHING'' to a) get the Philosopher's Stone and b) save the lives of his friends and retainers if he can help it. He shows off both in the course of the series.
* DetectEvil: All the Xingese characters are trained to sense [[LifeEnergy "the flow of chi"]]... which comes in pretty useful when dealing with homunculi.
* TheEmperor: The Yao clan succeeds the throne after Ling finally gets ahold of a Philosopher's Stone
* EnemyWithin: Greed... sort of.
* EyesAlwaysShut: He does this deliberately, because he's aware his eyes are [[GoodEyesEvilEyes "shifty"]].
* FaceOfAThug: Ties in with GoodEyesEvilEyes and his aforementioned EyesAlwaysShut habit.
* {{Fainting}}: Has a habit of doing this. Mostly it's from genuine hunger and exhaustion, but on other occasions, it seems to be part of his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* AFatherToHisMen: Strongly believes "a King is no King without his people" and will do anything to save his comrades, even if it means risking his life. His bodyguards, Fu and Lan Fan, certainly hold him in extreme high regard in part because of this.
* FunnyForeigner: Well, he's funny and he's a foreigner.
-->''"So Sori! I no understand much language of this countwi!"''
* GoodCounterpart: To King Bradley. Their philosophies on what it means to be a leader are the complete reverse of each others. The parallels become even stronger when Ling becomes the only other human-based homunculus, but unlike Bradley who in the process of becoming Wrath burned out most of the souls in his philosopher's stone, possibly including his original soul, Ling maintains his individuality in Greed. Also interesting to note is Bradley's former status as 12th Fuhrer candidate and Ling being the 12th son of the Emperor.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Played with. He's fundamentally a good person, though aware of how his "shifty" eyes makes him look evil so he goes with EyesAlwaysShut to disguise it. He drops the act when he means business.
* {{Greed}}: He's a pretty greedy fellow, given that he a seeks immortality and the power to rule over his country. It perhaps makes a bit too much sense that he becomes the second Greed. To his credit though the reason he even wants those things is so that he may provide for his people in return.
** Ling actually manages to embody the ''positive'' parts of greed, namely that desire and ambition are not always evil when pursuing a worthwhile goal. Perhaps most importantly, greed means treasuring what you have and being unwilling to just throw it away- and the very thought of throwing aside his people or his TrueCompanions is a pointed BerserkButton for him.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Kinda.... given his tendency of latching onto anyone he thinks might be able to help him achieve his goals, he winds up allied with a plethora of different people at different points of the story whether it's intentional or not. He's definitely at heart a "good guy", however.
* HeroicWillpower: Cunningly inverted, he willingly gives up his body to Greed without a fight (which incidentally helps in the long run, as his lack of struggle prevented the philosopher's stone he received from burning out most of its power), but he has enough willpower to maintain his consciousness. From thereon Ling uses a combination of patience and willpower to occasionally wrestle back control of his body from Greed, at least until they start acting more in tandem.
* TheIllegal
* ImmortalitySeeker: Ling's reason for coming to Amestris is to find the secret to eternal life (or at least, seems like it, so that his clan can win the Emperor's favor before he dies). He gets his wish, but it comes with a price...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Not as much of an outright "jerk" as most other examples, but he does come off as being smug and callous at times, especially when dealing with his personal desires. Nonetheless he genuinely cares about his country and the people close to him.
* {{Keet}}: He's pretty damn energetic and happy-go-lucky (to the point of being an annoyance, at least as far as Ed's concerned) when he's not keeling over from starvation. Or dealing with sharing his body with an egotistical homunculus.
* MadeOfIron: While fighting Envy after he goes OneWingedAngel, he breaks at least two ribs and gets hit so hard that he [[BloodFromTheMouth coughs up blood]], but keeps going.
* MrFanservice: Handsome? Check. Goes [[NoShirtLongJacket almost]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless]] for much of the first part of the series? Check. {{Badass}}? ''Check''.
* ModestRoyalty: To the point everyone doubled over from disbelieving laughter when he revealed that he's a prince.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Has a tendency of leaving his shirts always open...
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Extremely convincing when pretending to be [[IdiotHero a complete moron]] - ''even while displaying window-crossing stealth bordering on OffscreenTeleportation''.
* PeekABangs: His prominent bangs sometimes will obscure one of his eyes.
* [[KingIncognito Prince Incognito]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Wants to be one. His belief that a King exists to serve his people certainly reflects this, and he already does take into account the feelings and suggestions of his bodyguards.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SayMyName: ''LAN FAAAAAAAN!!!''
** ''GREEEEEEEEEEED!!!''
* ShadowArchetype: His character parallels Greed in a number of ways. And then ''he becomes'' Greed.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Averted, interestingly. Unlike Ed (who actively denies that he and Winry are romantically linked), Roy (who rarely talks about how deep his feelings for Riza are) and Alphonse (who doesn't yet know how he feels about Mei) Ling doesn't deny that he has feelings for Lan Fan when Greed brings up the possibility. Although he does it in a somewhat sarcastic sounding way.
-->'''Greed:''' You're quite the stud! How long have you been keeping such a fine young lady from me?
-->'''Ling:''' Well, what can I say...I'm full of surprises...
* ShipTease: With Lan Fan. More subtle than most of the other ShipTease's in the series but it's definitely there.
* SixthSense: Like his fellow countrymen; Lan Fan, Fu, and May Chang, Ling is capable of reading the "Dragon's Pulse", allowing him to sense the presence of Homunculi as well as other humans from a distance.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Ling/Lin/Rin, and some offbeat examples like Lynn. Ling seems to be the correct spelling, as his name tag bracelet when he gets put in jail has it written this way.
** Xingese people have proto-Chinese names, so "Ling" (spelled "Lin" in Chinese, and either "Lin" or "Rin" in Japanese) is the correct form.
* StealthHiBye: Pretty good at pulling these off but it's more on the 'hi' side than the 'bye' side.
* StealthPun: Maybe not deliberate, but in English - "[=PrinceLing=]".
* SuccessionCrisis: The Emperor's twelfth son, but he could inherit the throne if he successfully wins his favor. Which he apparently does.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Acquires Greed as one.
* SymbioticPossession: Despite being basically forced to receive Greed into himself, they eventually become friends. Greed even pulls a HeroicSacrifice for him, and Ling appears to grieve his loss.
* TameHisAnger: From the time Lan Fan lost her arm to the time he separated from Greed.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* UndyingLoyalty: To his Clan, and especially the people close to him. He's willing to risk his own life for them, to the point he once has to be reminded that as much as a King is nothing without his people, the people too would be lost without their King.
* WarriorPrince
* WhatWereYouThinking: After his DealWithTheDevil, of course.
* WeakButSkilled: Ling does not possess Alchemy or Alkahestry and yet he holds his own in a fight thanks to his sword skills, his martial-art skills, and his speed.
* WiseBeyondHisYears
* YoungerThanHeLooks: Is apparently 15 years old when introduced to the story (a bit younger than Ed), and thus technically a KidHero, although he looks like a fully grown adult and is [[WiseBeyondTheirYears mature beyond his age]].
** Lampshaded a bit when he gets arrested for being an illegal immigrant. The guard questions Ling's age and subsequently refuses to believe he's actually a minor.

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[[folder:Van Hohenheim]]
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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': None\\
'''Speciality:''' Perfect Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Immortality]
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The Elrics' father, a renowned alchemist who left them and their mother when they were little.

->Voiced by: Creator/UnshoIshizuka (JP), Creator/JohnSwasey (EN), Creator/DaisukeNamikawa (JP - Young), Creator/AaronDismuke (EN - Young)
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: While a fairly serious and somber character, he can be a bit of a bumbling space-cadet at times. For example, he once tried building a tree swing for the boys, stopped paying attention to what he was doing to think about other matters, and promptly fell out of the tree. And then there was his reunion with Al in the manga:
--> '''Al''': "Father?!"
--> '''Hohenheim''': "My vintage armor!!"
--> '''Al''': "'''''What!!!!'''''"
--> '''Hohenheim''': "Oh... Er, Sorry."
* ActionDad
* AllLovingHero: Does everything he can to save thousands of people he'll never meet, all while putting himself through Hell. And then there's getting to know all of those souls.
* AnimalsHateHim
* {{Badass}}: Runs in the family.
** BadassBeard
** BadassBookworm: He looks like he should be teaching in some school, but he's one of two Perfect Alchemists in the series. Which, considering the nature of alchemy as a power science, would actually ''add'' credibility to him as a schoolteacher.
** BadassInANiceSuit
** BadassLongcoat: During his first appearances.
** BadassPacifist: Not a fighter himself but some of his actions can [[SpannerInTheWorks screw]] [[BigBad Father]] over.
* BerserkButton: Don't insult or try to injure his sons.
** When he was young, he would get angry if someone called him an idiot.
* BigGood: He's the GoodCounterpart to Father, serves as a MessianicArchetype, and has been setting up a response to the latter's plans for years.
* BornIntoSlavery
* BreakThemByTalking: After meeting his son for the first time in ten years and asking why they had burned his house down, he coldly rips Edward's answer apart. By the time he's done, Ed looks about two seconds away from having a breakdown.
-->"That's not it."
-->"You just didn't want to see it again."
-->"You wanted to escape your horrifying memories."
-->"You wanted to conceal all traces of the sin you committed."
-->"You're no different from a child who hides his sheets after wetting himself in his sleep."
-->[[ArmorPiercingQuestion "You ran, didn't you, Edward?"]]
* ChekhovMIA
* ChekhovsGunman: Twice! The first time, Father/Homunculus needed him in assuming a physical form (that was an exact replica of his body). The second time, he needed him as a "sacrifice" required to absorb God.
* TheChessmaster: Has been setting up a response to Father's transmutation circle for years. No one, including the BigBad, saw ''that one'' coming.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Having all those souls inside him makes him kinda quirky.
* ConvenientTerminalIllness: Averted; he is dying after the final battle, having used up all the souls inside him, but Ed refuses to sacrifice him.
* CoolOldGuy
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: He doesn't try to justify his actions, but left home after realizing that Father was preparing a larger version of the Xerxes transmutation circle.
* TheDeadHaveNames: Knows the names of every person who died in the last days of Xerxes.
* DeathSeeker: One of the main reasons he left his family is because he was trying to find a way to revoke his immortality so he and Trisha would be TogetherInDeath.
* DirtyOldMan: He's called this for requesting Lan Fan to accompany him when the group splits up in the Third Laboratory. It's really so he can help her escape the lab and find Ling; he's intending on confronting Father alone.
* DisappearedDad
* EverybodysDeadDave: The complete destruction of Xerxes. To top it off, at least in part [[UnwittingPawn it was his fault]]. No wonder he [[BigNo freaked out]].
* GoodCounterpart: To Father; in a weird way they essentially created one another.
* GoOutWithASmile: He dies smiling at Trisha's grave; the closest to a reunion he could make.
* HairAntennae
* HappilyMarried: He and Trisha weren't officially married, but they lived happily together for several years.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Hohenheim doesn't think anything he does is good enough.
* IAmAMonster: Apparently his usual explanation to anyone who sees his Philosopher's Stone-derived powers.
* IAmLegion: A rare heroic example. He has also, over time, come to terms with each and every one of the innumerable souls within him, making him nearly impossible for Father to subsume like the other Philosopher's Stones.
* {{Irony}}: After the final battle, when he's dying, he realizes that now that he's finally [[DeathSeeker getting what he wanted, he actually doesn't want to die.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: He was a {{Bishonen}} before he grew a beard and definitely fits the bill for MrFanservice in his youth. Though he's not that bad looking now.
* LastOfHisKind: The last Xerxian.
* LetsGetDangerous: Pretty restrained with his power, but when he lets loose....
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Downplayed. "I'm not gonna lie and say it doesn't come in handy."
* ManlyTears: To highly [[TearJerker dramatic]] effect, after hearing Trisha's last words.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Trisha, on the outside. When they got hitched, he looked like a man in his late 30's/early 40's while she was in her early 20's.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: With Trisha.
* MindHive: Subverted. He has hundreds of thousands of Xerxian souls in him, but he is the dominant soul in the body. He has, however, managed to soothe all of the souls so they aren't consumed by despair and panic like souls in other Philosopher's Stones, and this allows them all to act with a singular purpose, as shown when Father's attempt to drain him is [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth interrupted by some of the souls, and even more prominently with the Umbral Circle failsafe.]]
* MysteriousParent: We don't know much about him until later.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The full name given to him by Father is Theophrastus Bombastus van Hohenheim -- [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracelsus the real name of famous real-world alchemist Paracelsus.]]
* NighInvulnerability: Thanks to his philosopher's stone it's really hard to hurt him.
* NonActionGuy: Despite his [[UnskilledButStrong absurdly powerful alchemy and NighInvulnerability, he flat out admits being a pretty poor fighter]]. This results in him duelling Father by exhibiting impressive alchemic powers while stumbling around trying to stay on his feet.
* NoSocialSkills: He's so terrible at interacting with his sons that at first he almost comes off as outright villainous. One of the first things he does is give Ed a BreakingSpeech about his reaction to the failed Trisha resurrection, and instead of just telling Ed he didn't kill Trisha again he fakes an ExactEavesdropping moment.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He doesn't want passers-by to know his true nature so he downplays it.
* OpaqueLenses
* PapaWolf: "Don't you EVER mock my SON!"
* ParentalNeglect: When they were little, Ed and Al viewed as a cold father who spent all his time working on his office, but he really cares about them.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Part of at least ''two'' [[OutGambitted counter plans]] he has prepared, thanks to [[IAmLegion his Legion.]]
* ReallyDeadMontage: In ''Brotherhood'', after his death at the very end of episode 63.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Always looks like he's in his 40's to 50's, but is over 400.
* RedHerring: Let's see, he looks just like the BigBad, who was last seen getting off his throne and walking somewhere unknown shortly before Hohenheim returned to Resembool, he gives Ed a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, he warns Pinako about a coming catastrophe and tells her to leave the country and when she refuses he says that will be the last time they speak, and finally when he scares off some bandits by proving he's immortal he refers to himself as a monster, in a page that contrasts him with several Homunculi. It's really obvious that he's supposed to be sketchy as hell.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: A warning light indicating he's about to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]]. Alternatively, they indicate that he's currently being incredibly dorky.
* ShipperOnDeck: He pretty blatantly acknowledges Lan Fan's feelings for Ling when he tells her to go find him.
* SoleSurvivor: Of Xerxes.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Expresses some for Father.
* TogetherInDeath: With Trisha.
* UnskilledButStrong: Fu describes him as the strongest person present at a gathering that included Greed, Gluttony, and Pride. Despite this, his lack of combat skills makes him less impressive than he could be.
* UnwittingPawn: [[BrainInAJar The original Homunculus tricked him into helping to obliterate his own civilization.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Zigzagged all over the place. At first, with the freshly dead Xersians inside him, he wanted to die to be free of the screaming. After he got them under control, he liked that he had all the time he wanted to experience the world. Then he met his wife, and regretted that he would outlive her and his sons. Finally, as he's dying at the end of the series, he laments that he can't live a little longer with his sons.
* YouAreNumberSix: He was known as Slave 23. Father was the one who gave him a real name.
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[[folder:Winry Rockbell]]
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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': None\\
'''Speciality:''' Mechanic]
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The Elrics' childhood friend and Ed's personal automail mechanic, who happens to have a crush on him.

->Voiced by: Creator/MegumiTakamoto (JP), Creator/CaitlinGlass (EN)
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* BabiesEverAfter: With Edward.
* BadassPacifist: She's the only [[WorldOfBadass major character without combat skills,]] but she manages to stand out as one of the braver characters through her sheer kindness and willingness to help others.
* BareYourMidriff
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Ed.
* BerserkButton: Do not damage the automail she makes. Retribution will be swift.
** Also, if you're Edward, do not refrain from drinking your milk.
* BreakTheCutie: [[TearJerker Totally loses it]] when she found out who murdered her parents.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Ed.
* ChildProdigy: She made Ed's first automail limbs when she was 11. Ed also says she was able to comprehend and read medical journals from a young age like he and Al did with alchemy books, which comes in handy when she has to deliver a child when no doctor is available.
* CryCute
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: She beats Ed ([[ComedicSociopathy comically]]) with a spanner every time he breaks his automail (that's often).
** Slightly subverted in that [[IronButtMonkey even men horribly abuse Ed]]. Especially Major Armstrong (except that he doesn't ''know'' he's abusing him).
* FanServicePack: Her figure becomes appreciably more curvaceous and feminine throughout the time in which ''Brotherhood'' takes place. Justified in that she goes from [[SheIsAllGrownUp 11 to 15-16]].
* GadgeteerGenius: She made Ed's automail.
* GenkiGirl: She goes full-on Bishie Sparkle, Squee, and arm-wavy mode whenever she sees something cute or acting cute (Elysia Hughes weeded this mode out of her the first few minutes after she met her), something's caught her interest (mainly anything involving automail, i.e. Rush Valley, or a shopping spree in Central), or a rather vicious (and comic) argument with Ed (again, mainly over automail).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: She repeatedly hit Al with a wrench, after he started wondering about his history and if he was really a human (or just a construct created by Ed).
* GirlNextDoor: Was this to Ed and Al growing up.
* GreenEyedMonster: A very slight case, but she did seemed bothered by Rosé's desire to see Ed again and Al teases her for it.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Downplayed as she still had her grandmother and the Elrics have more sympathetic trauma.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Thought not quite as, ah, ''vehement'' as Ed is about it, she is quick to tell Rose that Ed is her childhood friend when Rose looks as if she's about to assume something else.
* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: Winry does this for Ed and Al at first, until Ed asks her to stop as it only makes things harder for him. They agree the next time she cries for them they'll be tears of joy. [[Heartwarming/FullmetalAlchemist D'aww...]] Btw…promise kept!
* HostageSituation: The brothers specifically admit she is their weak point, as the villains of the story have, unfortunately for her, figured out.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Ed tells her something like this when she points a gun at Scar.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Like her mother, which plays a big role in Scar' character development and Winry's forgiveness.
* TheLadysFavour: Winry gives Ed some earrings to look after. It's actually for a logical reason, but it's clearly intended to hint at this trope.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: She's very much aware that Ed and Al don't tell her everything about what they do, and it really bugs her too; especially when she finds out that Scar was the one who murdered her parents and that Ed and Al knew this without telling her. Gradually she's let in but even then Ed and Al '''still''' feel the need to hide or lie about whats going on including the fact that Bradley is using her as a hostage against the two trying to break away.
* LoveEpiphany: When she gets on the train back to Rush Valley after the Scar incident, she gives the matter a lot of thought and comes to the realization that she's been falling for Ed for a long time.
* LovingAShadow: Being an orphan, she admitted to feeling this way toward Lt. Colonel Hughes for her dad, which made it all the sadder when he was killed.
* MsFanservice: The bath scene in Lior. Also, her normal working attire top appears to be just a tube top bra as well, and her other usual outfit is a tiny miniskirt.
* [[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]: Usually automail but other machines too.
* NaiveEverygirl: Most shown with Kimblee.
* NeutralFemale: {{Justified}}, she isn't a Alchemist or even related to any form of military except her parents being doctors. The one time she nearly gets into a fight is definitely not meant to be played for laughs or awesome...
* PluckyGirl: She's a lot more cheerful than the brothers, and just as brave.
* RaisedByGrandparents: She was raised by her grandmother after her parents died.
* ShipperOnDeck: Makes cracks at Al, regarding Mei.
* {{Shorttank}}
* {{Squee}}: When she gets to Rush Valley, oh boy does she go into fangirl mode!
* TankTopTomboy: When shown during mechanical work, she often wears a tank top.
* TaremeEyes
* TeenGenius: When it comes to automail. She made Ed's at the age of 11.
* {{Tsundere}}: A harsher Type B, focused around her family/friends, though the only person she gets really mad at is Ed.
* VaporWear: At least in the chapter where Ed ''almost'' watches her undress.
* WrenchWench: Page image! Never seen without a wrench and is the most skilled main character when it comes to machines.
* WrenchWhack: Her preferred method of punishing Ed (and on one occasion, Al) when he does something out of line, specifically [[BerserkButton breaking the arm that she made for him]].
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[[folder:Scar]]
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'''Affiliation:''' Ishval (formerly)\\
'''Rank''': Monk (formerly)\\
'''Speciality:''' Destructive Alchemy/Alkahestry/ Constructive Alchemy/Alkahestry]
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A mysterious Ishvalan Priest in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the State Alchemists that annihilated his people.

->Voiced by: Creator/KentaMiyake (JP), Creator/JMichaelTatum (EN)
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* AntiHero: Eventually.
* AntiVillain: Type II. He just wanted revenge on those that have killed his people.
* BadassBoast: '' "Your only solace from my wrath will be '''[[PrepareToDie damnation!]]'''" ''
* {{Badass}}: ''Oh boy'' is he ever. The man ''killed Bradley'', albeit barely.
** BadassPreacher: A former warrior-priest.
** BadassTransplant
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Even before he got any alchemical abilities, he was capable of defeating multiple armed Amestrian soldiers with just his bare hands. The manga even states that the average Isvhalan warrior-priest was equal to 10 standard soldiers in a fight.
* BareFistedMonk: Literally, as he was an Ishvalan warrior monk. Later upgraded this status with his added FacePalmOfDoom.
* BigLittleBrother: He is way bigger and stronger than his older brother was.
* BreakThemByTalking: "Just don't forget, it was ''you Amestrians'' that started the Ishvalan War!"
* CharacterDevelopment
* CoolShades
* CutenessProximity: He loves kittens and had an urge to pet [[PandaingToTheAudience Shao May]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The extermination of his people, his brother dying to save him, the scar on his face etc.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: It's an ethnic trait.
* DeathSeeker: Implied, at least for a time. His goals seemed to be suicide by State Alchemist.
* DespairEventHorizon: Hovered on the edge for a long time. He could only justify living with vengeance.
* TheDreaded: For a good long while, he was the boogie man that had the entire military on edge.
* EasilyForgiven: Averted. Winry is willing to help Scar by treating his life-threatening injuries because it's what her parents would have done, but that doesn't mean she's forgiven him. Also, Edward still wants to beat the crap out of him and make him pay his respects in front of the Rockbell graves one day.
* EverybodysDeadDave: His refugee party is wiped out by Kimblee.
* FacePalmOfDoom: His signature attack.
* FreakOut: He's usually quite cool and collected, but when he wakes up to find his brother [[SurvivorGuilt has sacrificed himself to save him he loses it completely and undeservedly kills Winry's parents]].
* 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]].
* GenocideBackfire: Unfortunately for the Amestris military, one of the survivors of the massacre happened to be a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge vengeful]] Badass monk with a penchant for doing YourHeadAsplode to State Alchemists. It ''really'' backfires in the end, doesn't it Bradley?
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: While he does go through a genuine HeelFaceTurn, Scar is still responsible for dozens of murders. Many of them were innocent people who were not involved in the Ishval massacre, and Scar is never punished for any of them.
* HeelFaceTurn: He wasn't super ''evil'' to begin with, but he grew less violent and radical over time. Even Envy [[BreakThemByTalking pointed out to him that he was teaming with a State Alchemist; Scar basically told Envy he knew and just didn't care anymore]].
* HeelRealization: He knew he wasn't a ''good'' person for a while. But it wasn't until Winry agreed to heal his wounds despite her hatred for him (crystallizing a point his elders made about their decision to pursue nonviolence) that he comes to realize just where- and how grievously- he went wrong.
* HeroKiller: His first encounter with Ed and Al ends with Ed's automail being shattered, and Al unable to move. Ed was saved only by Riza Hawkeye and Alex Armstrong's BigDamnHeroes. Mustang also tried to pull this along with them, but failed because [[WeaksauceWeakness it was raining.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: His entire family was killed by alchemists and his brother gave up his life (and arm) to save him, since his people have a quasi-religious reason to hate alchemy, he goes out hunting, "In God's Name". Especially ironic since he uses a form of alchemy to destroy his targets: state alchemists.
** This is spelled out to Scar himself when Ed throws himself in front of Winry to protect her from Scar. Scar flashes back to Ishval, where Ed is in his brother's place, and Scar himself is in ''[[MadBomber Kimblee's]]''.
* HisStoryRepeatsItself
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: When May decides to start hanging around.
* [[IAmNotLeftHanded I Am Not Right-Handed]]: Shows Bradley that [[spoiler:he has managed to make a reconstruction tattoo on his left arm]] in their final fight.
* {{Irony}}: Scar's quest for vengeance started because Amestrians slaughtered Scar's people. That quest ended with his working with Amestrians to save both peoples. Also, he's the man who ends up killing Fuhrer Bradley, the man who ordered the Ishvalan genocide, AKA Wrath, the sin he prescribed to the most in his original [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge roaring rampage of revenge.]] By the end of the story, he's over all his anger and bitter hatred and is instead helping Major Miles promote a new age of peace and understanding between his people and the people of Amestris, as should have been done all along.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: His victims include Shou Tucker and [[ColonelKilgore Giolo Comanche]] (an unrepentant State Alchemist who served in Ishbal). He also goes up against [[AxCrazy Kimblee]], who would have killed the Rockbells if he had not.
** [[KickTheDog Averted with his murder of Basque Grand, who, through what little we gleam of his character, was a relatively decent person.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: When Scar lost his arm in a bomb attack, his brother replaced it with his own arm, and apparently bled to death in his place.
* LightningBruiser: His WeaponOfChoice are his [[BareFistedMonk fists]] (well, his [[RightHandOfDoom fist o' destruction]]) so in order to do much damage he has to get close enough to touch his opponent. Pair that with fighting mostly long-range opponents, and you either get really quick or really dead. He's probably the fastest human in the series, barring perhaps Major Armstrong, and Ed when he had his Briggs automail.
* MrFanservice: One word. [[MemeticMutation GAR]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Among his murders, Winry's parents are the only ones he feels genuine guilt and remorse over, as he knows they were unjustified.
* TheNameless: More like he [[ThatManIsDead forsook his own name]].
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Survives killing Wrath [[{{Badass}} (no easy task)]] and even gives us [[MrExposition some exposition]] in 106. While dripping blood out of... everything.
* NotSoDifferent: While he and Ed have several differences, signs point to them being incredibly similar.
** Ed's not the only Elric brother that Scar has similarities to: A younger brother had his life saved by his older brother, who gave up his right arm to do so. Also, the younger brother is the better fighter and more physically imposing than the older in both cases. Are we talking about Scar, or Alphonse Elric?
** Scar actually lampshades this about himself and Edward. The fact that he did so to encourage Mustang not to become as bitter as them did not amuse Ed.
* OddFriendship: With May.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: He's only known by Scar. He refuses to tell anyone what his real name is because he doesn't feel he deserves it anymore.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: After his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* PetTheDog: His kindness to May makes him a bit more likeable.
** According to the Omakes, he also likes kitty cats. Awww.
* PowerTattoo: The source of his alchemy.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: He becomes a priest in the reforming Ishval, teaching the new generation about their people's culture alongside Miles.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: PlayedWith. [[InvokedTrope His red eyes identify him as an Ishvalan -- something which would get the average Amestrian up in arms immediately.]] [[SubvertedTrope However,]] the Ishvalans are a needlessly persecuted ethnic group [[LastOfHisKind that was nearly wiped out in a civil war]].
* RightHandOfDoom: Can only perform his deconstructions with one hand.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: How he's introduced.
* SayMyName: "KIIIIIIIIMBLEEEEEE!!!"
* ''ScaryBlackMan: [[IncrediblyLamePun Good]], {{God}}.'' This guy becomes the State Alchemist's bogeyman!
* SerialKiller: Until his HeelFaceTurn.
** SerialKillerKiller: How he views his actions.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Father's alchemy-cancelling abilities have absolutely no effect on him. Compounded with the moment he and May first gatecrashed into his layer, he's been derailing his plans bit after bit.
* TheStoic: Not big on talking.
* SuicideByCop: Seems to be his life's goal.
* SurvivorGuilt: He deals with it by killing state alchemists.
* TameHisAnger: Probably the most noticeable one in the series.
* ThatManIsDead: He uses this as his reason why he abandoned his real name.
* TraumaCongaLine: It all [[StartOfDarkness started when Kimblee attacked him and Scar's brother gave up his arm to save his life. When he woke up and thought his brother was with him only to find out about his arm and the fate of his brother]] [[FreakOut He freaked out]], killed the Rockbells in a berserk rage, and went outside [[FromBadToWorse only to find]] Ishval destroyed.
* TheUnreveal: We never learned his real name!
* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone after his HeelFaceTurn, especially Ed.
* WarriorMonk: He was a warrior-priest of Ishval during the war, and tried to do penance afterward through becoming a death-seeking avenger of God.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He's one of the few survivors of a brutal genocide which killed almost all his loved ones. As revenge against the government who massacred his people, he becomes a SerialKiller who exclusively targets state alchemists. Fortunately, in both manga and [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist both animes, he gets better.]]
* {{Wrath}}: His big sin. He essentially views himself as the wrath of God personified, starting him down the deep end.
** Foreshadows him being the one to finally kill Wrath the homunculus.
* XMarksTheHero: DoubleSubverted. He starts out as a HeWhoFightsMonsters-style AntiVillain, but the ensuing CharacterDevelopment slowly turns him into an AntiHero instead.
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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': A housewife!\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Alchemy without an Array]
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'''Izumi Curtis'''

Mentor to the Elric brothers, she taught them both alchemy and martial arts, both of which she is very much a master of. Despises State Alchemists. Believes in physical honing over focus in alchemy as a balance. Also, ''scary as hell'', especially when coercing her apprentices.

->Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Creator/ChristineAuten (EN)
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* ActionGirl[=/=]ActionMom: A very competant fighter and one of the few people whom Ed and Al fear. She has also become their surrogate mother of sorts.
* AerithAndBob: Her Japanese given name stands out a bit since Amestris is basically 20th century Europe and unlike the Xing characters, Japan has no (known) direct counterpart in this universe.[[note]]Xing bears a few elements of Japan in terms of clothing, weaponry, and fighting styles, particularly those of the bodyguards Lan Fan and Fu. However, given that their names are still chinese-esque, the origins of Izumi's name remains a mystery.[[/note]]
* ApronMatron: Izumi will proudly proclaim herself a HouseWife while simultaneously [[MamaBear kicking the ass of every single person/chimera/immortal who dares to hurt her surrogate kids.]] Then she beats said surrogate kids up herself!
* AwesomeButImpractical: In a nutshell her fighting is this, as when she does fight, she often ends up curbstomping her enemies. However, her missing organs makes it very impractical for her to fight.
* {{Badass}}: For sure one of the strongest characters, early on.
** BadassBookworm: When she started training the Elrics, she effortlessly dodged everything they threw at her ''while'' reciting the first lesson of alchemy from memory ''and'' reading from a cookbook simultaneously.
** BadassTeacher
** HandicappedBadass: She's missing several of her internal organs and randomly coughs up BloodFromTheMouth. She is also one of the most frakkin' epic characters in the entire series.
* BattleCouple: With Sig.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Tends to happen at random, completely freaking out everyone around her. Which, [[DarkComedy in a very rare form of this trope]], is usually PlayedForLaughs, including one moment when, mid-interrogation, a perp cracks when she starts vomitting blood all over him. It stops after Hohenheim rearranges her organs to compensate for her damage.
* BoobsOfSteel: She has one of the most sizable busts in the cast, second to Lust and possibly General Armstrong. And she's one of the strongest characters in the series, physically, skillfully and morally.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "''I'm a housewife!''"
** Near the end of the series she deliberately changes it to "I'm an ALCHEMIST!" indicating her intention of giving a good asskicking for the final battle.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Quite possibly one of the strongest characters in the ''[=FMA=]'' universe. She can ''aikido'' you in the air with little effort even if you're stronger than her. Just ask Sloth.
* ChekhovsGunman: While revealed a little late, she is a necessary "sacrifice" required for Father to absorb God.
* TheDreaded: Given the TrainingFromHell they endured while under her tutelage, combined with her HairTriggerTemper, the Elric brothers are understandably ''terrified'' of her and make it a point to avoid making her mad.
* DreadlockRasta: WordOfGod says they're actually microbraids.
* GeniusBruiser: She'll just pummel you without breaking a sweat normally, so pray she doesn't decide to break out the alchemy too.
* GoodIsNotNice: She does not believe that painless lessons are worthwhile lessons, to put it mildly.
* HappilyMarried: To Sig.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being introduced as TheDreaded badass who scars Ed and Al to death, when she learns they did Human Transmutation to bring their mother back to life, she hugs them and tells them its okay, showing us that Izumi is more complex then first thought.
** We discover that she made the same error when she tried to bring back her stillborn child.
* {{Housewife}}: And don't you DARE [[UnderestimatingBadassery look down on her]] for it.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Her husband is easily twice her size and can match muscles with Major Armstrong. NiceGuy for the most part, [[TheButcher runs a butcher shop]], [[GeniusBruiser but don't make him angry]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Due to her failed attempt at human transmutation (partially fixed later, thanks to an alchemical punch to the gut from Hohenheim, who cannot give her organs back but nullify the effects).
* KillerRabbit: At least when compared to her GentleGiant FaceOfAThug husband.
* LoveAtFirstSight: With her husband after a CrashIntoHello.
* MamaBear: To her students.
* OlderThanSheLooks: She's revealed to be around ''thirty-eight'' throughout the course of the series (she was eighteen when training in Mt. Briggs, which is stated by soldiers about 3/4 into the series to have been twenty years ago), and doesn't look much older than thirty, if that.
* ParentalSubstitute: She acts very much as a mother figure to the Elric brothers and cares for them deeply when she feels its needed.
* PluckyGirl: A grown-up version, but she still qualifies.
* SexyMentor: Winry even remarks that's she's surprised at Izumi's looks, since she got the impression from the Elrics that their mentor was an evil old hag.
* ShoeSlap
* SickeninglySweethearts: With Sig.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: How she trains the Elric brothers: abandoning them on a mostly-deserted island with little equipment. Either they die of starvation, or learn to survive. Even that isn't enough though, as they have to understand Alchemy and its fundamental concepts or else she'll kick them out. Mind, she ''also'' made sure that they'd be okay by leaving someone else on the island to check up on them, which is more than ''she'' got while undergoing the same "training" in the frozen mountains of Briggs.
* SuperStrength: She effortlessly judo-throws ''Sloth''. If any unaugmented human in this series qualifies, it's Izumi.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: When she learns the Elric Brothers did Human Transmutation, she expels them, stating that she cannot forgive them for such a thing. In reality, its much different.
* ToughLove: ''Very'' much her shtick.
* TrainingFromHell: She subjects the Elric brothers to this, to the extent that the very mention of her name makes them tremble with fear. Which is nothing next to the training she endured. It involved Mt. Briggs and [[BearsAreBadNews fighting bears]], which we get to see more of in the 3rd OVA. Some of her exploits surviving out there include pilfering military bases for supplies- read that again, ''she stole from [[BadassArmy Briggs]] and got away with it.''
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A as she seems to be 'tsun' when not putting up a "sweet housewife" front, but is unbelievably 'dere' with her husband.
* WaifFu: Looks like a typical {{housewife}}, but manage to to set off her HairTriggerTemper and you're in for a pretty solid ass beating. And you better pray your don't make her angry enough to use her alchemy...
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